Photograph by Nick Baker

King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) roadkill at Upper Peirce

Location, date and time: Singapore Island, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, access road to Upper Peirce Reservoir Park from Old Upper Thomson Road; 2 July 2015; around 1310 hrs.

Observation: A juvenile example of about 65 cm total length was found dead and thoroughly flattened on the road.

Remarks: The present example, apparently a recent hatchling, was presumably run over by a vehicle while crossing the road from one patch of forest to another. It is not known if King Cobras in Singapore breed at specific times of the year, but from records collated by Lim et al. (2011), juveniles of around 60 cm were reported between March and August.

Reference:

  • Lim, K. K. P., T. M. Leong & F. L. K. Lim, 2011. The King Cobra, Ophiophagus hannah (Cantor) in Singapore (Reptilia: Squamata: Elapidae). Nature in Singapore. 4: 143-156.

Source: Singapore Biodiversity Records 2015: 137

King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)
Lim Chu Kang Road, 11th January 2015

This carcass of a King Cobra, apparently a roadkill, was submitted to the Singapore Roadkill Records Facebook page by Lim Lay Na.

Singapore Roadkill Records is a new project set up by Mary-Ruth Low and friends to gather data on wildlife roadkill in Singapore, with a focus on reptile and amphibian roadkills, as they are often small and easily missed.

If you see an animal carcass due to a road-related incident, kindly submit a photo to sgroadkillrecords@gmail.com with the following information:

  1. Date and Time
  2. Detailed location or GPS coordinates
  3. Species identification (if possible)

Your contributions will help provide valuable information on how roads and vehicles affect our own wildlife, and hopefully lead to better conservation measures.

Find out how you can also contribute to Monday Morgue.

Specimens of various reptiles found in Singapore: Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Malayan Forest Softshell Turtle (Dogania subplana), King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) & Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) @ VivoCity

Day 1 of the Festival of Biodiversity 2014 has come to an end, but you can still visit VivoCity tomorrow to learn more about Singapore’s wildlife and wild places!