Sunday, October 26, 2008

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Today, we went to the West Coast Park Marshland early in the morning to release the baby Malayan Water Monitor. We took a picture of it before releasing it.

After that, we headed straight to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. I was expecting to see at least a few snakes... but unfortunately I did not see a single reptile. Not even a Changeable Lizard.
My friend who came with me was amazed after seeing a cicada.
They are so common... We saw a weird looking moth, a few spiders, a few naughty monkeys and a Giant Forest Ant.

I saw something like a rat but it ran away before I could even get a good look at it.
Will be going back there soon. We only hope that it does not rain.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Malayan Water Monitor

Man, today was some day. The last day of school for this year was accompanied by a big surprise for us - A young Malayan Water Monitor, Varanus salvator, was found in a small flat hole in the field in our school. It was very surprising though, as we kept thinking how it ended up here. Did it come from Pandan Reservoir?
Anyway, we tried to get it out from the hole, but failed to do so, even after trying for hours. But when we came back from the hall, it was not there in the hole. When we looked around, it was in another hole just like the previous one.
A few workers in the school then spotted us. They managed to help us by using a long stick to take it out. Later, my friend and I placed it in a container. But then, something smelly took place. The Monitor vomited. This was just an act of self defence to flee predators due to the foul smell.
Tomorrow we will be going to West Coast Park to release this small guy into the Marshland of West Coast Park.

The tail that belonged to the lizard that he vomited out. Comparing with the body, it is most probably a Changeable Lizard. There are many of those in our school.

View from the bottom

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Common Wolf / House Snake

We were walking to the bus top after school when my friend and I found a shedded snake skin near a big hole in a tree. We dug into the big hole to see if there were any snakes. We didn't find any snakes, but we found small eggs. They were hatched, so we took them and the skin along to our school for research.
But the Library was closed, so we went back there. We dug into the hole even more. There was a big rock inside. When we moved some of the dead leaves from there, we saw it. It was a small Common Wolf Snake, Lycodon capucinus. I managed to move the big rock and it came out. My friend had taken many pictures of it and the skin. Here are the pictures:

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Changeable Lizards from our School

The Changeable Lizard is presently one of the most commonly seen reptile in urban areas of Singapore. It was recently introduced to Singapore and now, has declined the population of our native Green Crested Lizards, due to competition for food. Well, these Lizards are also very common in our school, and hence I decided to make a collection of photos of these lizards. All these specimens were from our school.

Changeable Lizard, Calotes Versicolor.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rainbow Crab

This used to be my pet Rainbow Crab.....

But now....


Meet my Pet Rabbit Snowy... A fussy eater...

My Rabbit feeding on 'Over Hanging' Leaves.
But later..... All that is left is...


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