Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy Year of the Snake!

Schneider's dog-faced water snake (Cerberus schneiderii), Pasir Ris;

According to Chinese astrology, this year is associated with the Element of Water, so it's supposed to be the Year of the Water Snake.

To wrap up the Year of the Dragon, I was supposed to publish a series of posts about lizards. As usual, I haven't had the time and energy to complete them, and as a result, I haven't been able to start another series to celebrate the Year of the Snake. Oh well. I'm still working on them.

In the meantime, here are some older posts that I've written about various snakes found in Singapore. And yes, many of them were inspired by submissions to that bastion of citizen journalism, STOMP.

Snakes in general


Reticulated python (Broghammerus reticulatus);
(Photo by Marcus)


Striped kukri snake- Oligodon octolineatus
Striped kukri snake (Oligodon octolineatus);
(Photo by Anne Devan-Song)

Paradise Tree Snake
Paradise tree snake (Chrysopelea paradisi);
(Photo by hiker1974)

Chinese Rat-snake Ptyas korros
Indochinese rat snake (Ptyas korros);
(Photo by berniedup)


The Equatorial Spitting Cobra
Equatorial spitting cobra (Naja sumatrana);
(Photo by LemonTeaYK)

King Cobra
King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah);
(Photo by myrontay)

As you can see, these posts cover only a select few species. Besides my posts, you can also look at the now-inactive Singapore Snakes Blog, which has a lot of useful and interesting content about some of Singapore's snakes. Too bad it hasn't been updated in years, and the comments have been clogged up by spammers.

I'm intending to write a bunch of posts that will eventually provide an overview of the diversity of snakes found in Singapore, as well as some information on how to coexist with these often maligned creatures.

To commemorate the Year of Snake, the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) has also provided some tips on what to do if a snake is encountered.

Here's wishing everyone good fortune and prosperity, and may more people take a more enlightened stance towards snakes, which frankly don't always warrant such fear, paranoia, and ignorance.