Common Snakehead or Aruan (Channa striata)
Tampines Quarry, 1st January 2017

Common Snakehead or Aruan (Channa striata)
Sungei Buloh, 12th March 2014

This Common Snakehead was one of several adult snakeheads that perished when one of the freshwater ponds at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve dried up during the dry spell that occurred earlier this year.

Although some snakehead species are capable of surviving droughts by burrowing into the mud and aestivating, or escaping shrinking water bodies by wriggling over dry land in search of new refuges, it appears that these individuals were too large, and the nearest large pond too far away, for any of these survival strategies to be effectively employed.

Common Snakehead or Aruan (Channa striata)
Tampines, 10th June 2013