Mangled remains of a fruit bat.
(Photograph by Horst Flotow)

Spiny Terrapin (Heosemys spinosa) scavenging on a bat carcass

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, forest north of MacRitchie Reservoir; 20 July 2014; 1030 hrs.

Observation: An adult Spiny Terrapin of about 25 cm carapace length was found feeding on a fresh but severely mangled carcass of a Fruit Bat (Cynopterus sp.). The terrapin, apparently startled by the contributor, walked quickly away from the carcass which immediately attracted blowflies.

Remarks: The Spiny Terrapin is said to be primarily herbivorous, but is known to occasionally consume insects, earthworms and carrion (Bonin et al., 2006: 322). The present observation illustrates the scavenging behaviour of this species.


  • Bonin, F., B. Devaux & A. Dupré, 2006. Turtles of the World. English edition. A & C Black Publishers Ltd, London. 416 pp.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2014: 250

Banded Malayan Coral Snake (Calliophis intestinalis)
Sime Track, MacRitchie Reservoir, 30th December 2013

This carcass of a Banded Malayan Coral Snake was found by David Tan, who took a photo in situ, and uploaded it on Instagram. It was salvaged to be deposited in the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR), with another photo taken in the lab and shared on Facebook.

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Striped Kukri Snake (Oligodon octolineatus)
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