Domestic Dog

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Domestic Dog (Canis lupus familiaris)
Mandai, 31st May 2012

This photograph of a carcass of a domestic dog washed up in the mangroves at Mandai was shared by Dan Friess on Twitter. From the bloating and loss of hair, it had clearly spent some time in the water.

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Malayan Water Monitor

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Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
Woodlands, June 27th 2011

The remains of a Malayan Water Monitor were found on the KTM railway tracks that run through Woodlands. It is very likely that it had been killed by a train.

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Consisting of the tail and part of the hips, I identified it due to the darker, slaty-black colour. The tail, which was laterally flattened, was another diagnostic feature which suggested that it was a Malayan Water Monitor. I was not able to find the rest of the carcass.

Compare this to the Clouded Monitor (Varanus bengalensis nebulosus) carcass I had found along the tracks in Bukit Timah.

Equatorial Spitting Cobra

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Equatorial Spitting Cobra (Naja sumatrana)
Woodlands, 27th June 2011

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The front half of an Equatorial Spitting Cobra was found along the railway tracks that run through Woodlands, near the Causeway. It had most probably been killed by a passing train, since it seemed to have been neatly sliced in two. I was not able to find the other half.

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Red-eared Slider

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Woodlands, 27th June 2011

These fragments of the shell of a Red-eared Slider (along with a few other scattered bones) were found on the KTM railway tracks that pass through Woodlands, just before the immigration checkpoint. Clearly, even such armour cannot withstand the impact of a train.

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Oriental Whip Snake

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Oriental Whip Snake (Ahaetulla prasina)
Woodlands, 27th June 2011

This amputated tail of a snake on the KTM railway line that runs through Woodlands most probably belongs to an Oriental Whip Snake, and was probably the result of an unfortunate accident with a passing train. I searched the surrounding area, but could not find the rest of the snake.

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