East Asian Ornate Chorus Frog

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East Asian Ornate Chorus Frog (Microhyla fissipes)
Windsor Nature Park, 9th May 2017

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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East Asian Ornate Chorus Frog

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East Asian Ornate Chorus Frog (Microhyla fissipes)
Windsor Nature Park, 9th May 2017

  • Fig. 2. View of original position of the snake in the phytotelma upon discovery.
  • Fig. 3. View of snake rearranged to feature head and severed part of the
    body.
  • Fig. 4. View of the dorsum of the snake rearranged within the phytotelma.
  • Fig. 5. View of the dorsum of the snake, with its head at the lowest point.

Photographs by Connor Butler

Carcass of Banded Malayan Coral Snake (Calliophis intestinalis) in a phytotelma

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Windsor Nature Park, Venus Loop; 20 April 2017; 1000 hrs.

Observation: The anterior two-thirds of a dead Banded Malayan Coral Snake was found partially submerged in the phytotelma (Fig. 2). The posterior section of the snake’s body appeared to have been bluntly removed (Fig. 3). The remaining portion was 25 cm in length (Fig. 4 & 5).

Remarks: The incomplete carcass of the snake suggests that it had been partially eaten. As the Banded Malayan Coral Snake has semi-fossorial habits (see Baker & Lim, 2012: 116), its presence in the elevated phytotelma suggests that it was carried there. Possible predators include raptorial birds such as owls (see Chan, 2013), and
squirrels (see Ogilvie, 1958; Baker, 2017).

References:

  • Baker, N., 2017. Slender Squirrel preying on gecko. Singapore Biodiversity Records. 2017: 54.
  • Baker, N. & K. K. P. Lim, 2012. Wild Animals of Singapore. A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes. Updated edition. Draco Publishing and Distribution Pte. Ltd. and Nature Society (Singapore). 180 pp.
  • Chan K. W., 2013. Pink-headed Reed Snake captured by Buffy Fish Owl. Singapore Biodiversity Records. 2013: 89.
  • Ogilvie, C. S., 1958. The Arrow-tailed Flying Squirrel Hylopetes sagitta (Linne). The Malayan Nature Journal. 12 (4): 149-152.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2017: 71-72

Midnight Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) carcass report investigation. If you didn’t know where a Pangolin’s mammaries lie—there they are.

Source: Marcus Chua Twitter

This is the same Sunda Pangolin carcass along Lornie Road reported by N. Sivasothi.

Dead Sunda Pangolin (Manis javanica) at Lornie Road, near Andrew Road, last Sunday. Sad. Looks ripe. NEA cleaners would’ve cleared it.

Source: N. Sivasothi Twitter

Spotted House Gecko (Gekko monarchus)
Ranger Station, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, 14th April 2015

This Spotted House Gecko seems to have died while in the midst of shedding its skin.