Daily Decay (9th March 2018)

Daily Decay (9th March 2018): Spiny-tailed House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) @ Bukit Batok

This hatchling Spiny-tailed House Gecko was probably squashed by a pedestrian, bicycle, or electric scooter while it was on the pavement.

Daily Decay (25th January 2018)

Daily Decay (25th January 2018): Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor) @ Lorong Halus

Many-lined Sun Skink


Many-lined Sun Skink (Eutropis multifasciata)
Island Club Road, 16th December 2015

This carcass of a Many-lined Sun Skink roadkill was found by Angelynn Soo.

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Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
Lorong Halus, 29th April 2017

This very young Malayan Water Monitor had most likely been hit and killed by a passing vehicle.

Clouded Monitor (Varanus nebulosus)
Island Club Road, 14th March 2017

This very young Clouded Monitor was seen near the entrance of Island Club Road. It had most likely been run over by a passing vehicle.

Whether the Clouded Monitor is a subspecies of the Bengal Monitor (Varanus bengalensis) or a distinct species is still a matter of some debate; some sources still lump the two of them together.

Garden Supple Skink (Lygosoma bowringii)
Pulau Ubin, 29th September 2016

This Garden Supple Skink had probably been run over by a passing vehicle.

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Water Monitor Lizard spotted on Upper Serangoon Road during peak hour
By Melissa Zhu, 4th February 2017;

Motorists along Upper Serangoon Road on Friday evening (Feb 3) had to make their way around an unusual roadblock – a huge Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) lying across more than half a lane.

A Facebook Live video posted at 5.18pm showed the reptile sprawled on the road, unmoving, for about a minute, while cars manoeuvred around it.

The man who took the video, who wanted to be identified only as “Mr Lim” said he spotted a “black shadow” on the road before the exit to the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway. As it was raining at the time, he said he initially thought that the object was rubbish or fallen branches.

It was only when he saw the Lizard’s head move that he realised what it was.

Mr Lim added that he was able to take the video as he had stopped at a red light, near the reptile, but moved on when the lights changed.

Another witness, who wanted to be identified as “Mr Foo”, told Channel NewsAsia that the Lizard – which he took to be a Crocodile at first – was alive when he passed it, and that he saw it slowly moving to the side.

Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) deputy chief executive Kalai Vanan told Channel NewsAsia that members of the animal rights group went to the scene, but could not find the Water Monitor Lizard.

Mr Kalai added that the group saw photos that showed the Lizard upside down, suggesting that it could have been run over by a vehicle.

“This part of Upper Serangoon Road is close to adjacent nature areas – mainly Upper Serangoon River and Punggol Park. The Lizard probably got stranded trying to cross the road,” he said.

Mr Kalai said that ACRES would continue to monitor the situation to see if it would get further calls about the Lizard. He also urged members of the public to call ACRES at +65 9783 7782 if they saw wild animals in distress.

“However, when spotted on roads, time is of the essence. If possible and it is safe, members of public can try and divert traffic while waiting for our arrival. This will ensure the safety of the animal and drivers or riders.”

The Water Monitor is the most common Monitor Lizard found in Singapore and can grow as long as three metres, according to NParks’ website, which added that the reptiles can be found in forests and mangrove swamps, as well as man-made canals.

Source: Channel NewsAsia