Night Herp Walk

Went for another night herp walk. The first one was this.

This time round with more knowledge gleaned from the previous walk and some other training in between, thought I have a better shot of seeing some snakes and other reptiles. But sadly despite Singapore having more than 60 species of snakes, we didn’t spot any at all. How disappointing! The other groups did saw a python, a Oriental Whip Snake and a Paradise Tree Snake though!

Anyway, despite it being a fairly dry night, we did see quite a number of frogs and toads 

Asian Toad

Four Lined tree frog

Banded Bull frog

Beside frogs and toads, there were gecko aplenty. They were all over the place once we know where to look. Most of them ran away when we shine our torches on them and armed only with a basic camera without any flash or diffuser, most of the photos of the geckos didn’t turn up well just like this one with a moth in its mouth.

Spiny Tailed Gecko

The highlight of the walk was seeing this big lizard – the Tokay Gecko. Never knew we got such big gecko in Singapore. We saw 3, with the first being almost 1 foot long. These 2 are smaller. 

Tokay Gecko

Tokay Gecko

Interesting time. Now looking forward to the next walk.

 

 

 

 

Night Walk at Pasir Ris Mangrove

Joined the Herpetological Society of Singapore for a guided night walk at Pasir Ris Mangrove.  Interesting thing is that I go o often to Pasir Ris Park, like 3 times a week and have never thought of going to the mangrove in the night. Perhaps it is the creepy feel about the place but then when I saw the post about the walk, I knew I have to go for it. The promise of seeing reptiles and other night creatures was too tempting.

We started at about 6.15 pm. The walk was led by a few very young and enthusiastic guides with incredible knowledge of not just reptiles or amphibians but also the plants and birds.

Within 10 minutes of walking into the mangrove, beside the usual mud skipper and crab, they managed to spot the first snake – a small Dog Faced Water Snake.

Dog faced Water Snake

Dog faced Water Snake

And by the time we exit the mangrove after 8, we had spotted 6 of them with each being progressively bigger.

Dog Faced Water Snake

Dog Faced Water Snake

Dog Faced Water Snake

Dog Faced Water Snake

We also spotted 3 different species of Gecko. Just can’t imagine how these guys do it. The geckos were so tiny and very well blend in with the surface they were on yet they managed to spot them. Like this little Spotted House Gecko.

Spotted House Gecko

ASpotted House Gecko

And this real tiny 4 Clawed Gecko

4 Clawed Gecko

4 Clawed Gecko

Out of the mangrove and we spotted many insects but the highlight was this Oriental Whip Snake which stay still and posed for the photo.

Oriental Whip Snake

Oriental Whip Snake

The other highlight of the trip was 3 Civet Cat. A mama cat with 2 cubs. Unfortunately they were too far away for any decent photos. In fact with my poor eyesight, all I could see was the glow of the cats reflected in the light of the torches. But certainly it is gratifying to know that within such a small area in Pasir Ris beside the birds, there are so many more other creatures that has managed to live side by side with the resident of Pasir Ris.

 

 

New Zealand Day 10 – Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

Another of the tourist place but we were all hyped up to see the Kiwi. Unfortunately, out of the 4 different species of Kiwi on display, we only managed to see 1. The others were too shy and hiding somewhere in the dark enclosure. No pictures allowed in the Kiwi display area so have to make do with these stuffed Kiwis on display at the souvenir shop.18-DSC05476

Out of the Kiwi enclosures and into the open, our first sighting was this not afraid of human, Spur Winged Plover which was walking all over the place.

Spur Winged Plover

Spur Winged Plover

There are many species of ducks all over the place but I can’t really differentiate between all the different species. Anyway ducks are not my favourite photo subjects so no photos here.

But there is this big pigeon. Also very tame.05-DSC05358It landed on my head then hopped onto my hand before flying off to this railing.

The ladies had a nice time feeding the Kakariki08-DSC05380

I got photos of some other nice birds.

Kea

Kea

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Kotare New Zealand Kingfisher

Kotare New Zealand Kingfisher

And this Green Tree Gecko which are the only other animals they have beside birds.15-DSC05420More photos here