American Bullfrog (Rana (Aquarana) catesbeiana)
Tampines Quarry, 11th September 2016

Two juvenile American Bullfrogs were found along the shore of the lake in Tampines Quarry. They were alive when first spotted, but had died by the time they were seen again an hour later. The other individual was featured in an earlier instalment of Daily Decay.

Young, newly metamorphosed American Bullfrogs are widely sold in aquarium shops in Singapore as live food for large predatory fishes, although it’s possible that these juveniles are also purchased to be used as bait for anglers, or are deliberately released by well-meaning people who do not understand the ecological harm that can result from releasing potentially invasive species.

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

Chinese Pond Mussel (Sinanodonta woodiana)
Tampines Quarry, 26th June 2016

Four-clawed Gecko (Gehyra mutilata)
Tampines, 23rd October 2016

This Four-clawed Gecko apparently drowned after it fell into a tall glass jar that I’m using as an aquarium.

Redclaw Crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus)
Tampines, 26th June 2016

Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus)
Tampines, 17th May 2016

Not all the dead birds we find at this time of the year are migrants. Some, like this Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica), are year-round residents that meet with their untimely end while dispersing locally to forage for food. Unfortunately for this Emerald Dove individual, it died immediately after crashing into the glass sliding doors of a condo unit along Tampines Ave 1.

Source: David Tan Instagram

Picked up an Emerald Dove yesterday after it crashed into the glass sliding doors of a second floor unit in a brand new condo development. Not a migratory species, but a ground-dwelling forest frugivore that likely disperses between forest patches as part of its foraging strategy. This individual was probably in transit between forest patches because it was found nowhere near a forest.

Source: David Tan, on Dead Birds Facebook Group