Mendis and I are assigned Route 1, hurray! I haven't visited this route for too long, and Mendis showed me lots of birds. Even before we started, he pointed out this mama pigeon with her two babies next to her.
Plantain squirrels (Callosciurus notatus). Which can jump very rapidly to disappear into the bushes.
Blue-spotted mudskipper (Boleophthalmus boddarti), waving its scalloped dorsal fin as it foraged on the soft mud. There were lots of egrets and some shorebirds on the mudflats too. But no lizards.
Tumu berau (Bruguiera sexangula) that has naturally settled here and it seems to be doing well, with lots of flowers.
Not too many, just ten. This small one was stretched out across the path!
how male monitor lizards wrestle with one another.
Smooth otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) trying to have a nap.
More about what I saw in an earlier survey for monitor lizards.
Ivan did a great series of articles about Singapore's monitor lizards for the Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity blog. Check out his posts to learn everything you wanted to (and didn't want to) know about these amazing reptiles.
- Magnificent Monitors
- Busting Myths about Monitors
- More on Monitors
- Monitors of Singapore: Who's the Rarest of Them All?