Puff-faced Water Snake (Homalopsis buccata)
Jalan Lekar, 27th July 2017

This photograph of a juvenile Puff-faced Water Snake roadkill was shared by Sumita Thiagarajan.

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Road kills are always heart breaking – whether the animal is a little toad or a macaque. In this case, the Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) was found dead, after being run over by a vehicle just in our own area. Like we mentioned before, we always move road kills to the roadside to prevent secondary road kill. But what makes this worse is the fact that these Red-eared Sliders are imported in thousands every year to meet the demand for the “legal” pet trade. However, most who buy them often are not aware of their housing/dietary needs, lifespan and maximum size, resulting in abandonment or release into unsuitable environment. Most sliders who are released sadly end up as road kills.

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook

Common Asian Toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)
Sungei Tengah, 14th July 2014

It’s likely that this (very unfortunate) pair of Common Asian Toads was crossing the road while in amplexus when they were run over.

White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Sungei Tengah, 1st August 2014

We were on our way back from rescues at around 1 am, and in our own area – on Lorong Semangka, we chanced on a snake road kill. It is a sad feeling, whether we see a toad, a snail or a bigger animal, who all take that effort to use a road to cross over for food, water, space or mate – we wouldn’t know why they do this, taking all that risk! This Indo-Chinese Rat Snake (Ptyas korros) was a fully grown adult, and we moved him/her to the grass.

If you see any road kills, please remember to move the carcass (of course please keep your safety first) to the side, to prevent secondary road kills of animals such as birds or lizards who feed on carcasses.

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook