I was thrilled to see the Crab-eating water snake at Pasir Ris this evening. I hadn't seen it for nearly a decade! Thanks to Jill for spotting it!
For snakes, I turn to Nick Baker's awesome Ecology Asia fact sheets! The Crab-eating water snake (Fordonia leocobalia) had been regularly sighted at Pasir Ris when snake research was being conducted there in the 2000's. Chee Kong's awesome snake blog SLOG, also has a great entry about this snake and the work done on this and other related snakes. I got nostalgic reading his post.
Snakehunters led by American biologists Daryl Karns, Harold Voris and Bruce Jayne researching the ecology of these snakes in Pasir Ris in 2001. Read more about their work on Ecology of Oriental-Australian rear-fanged water snakes (Colubridae: Homalopsinae) in the Pasir Ris Park Mangrove Forest, Singapore in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology (pdf).
I was back out with Dr Dan and his wonderful team of students from from the Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment on an Urban Tropical Ecology in Singapore trip. They are tireless! This morning, they visited Bukit Timah and tomorrow, they are off to dive at Dayang. I'm touched they took the time to visit our humble Pasir Ris this evening. Read more about the 2012 team's adventures on their blog!
Crab-eating frog (Fejervarya cancrivora)
that is found in the mangroves. This frog can tolerate brackish water
and we saw several on the mangrove side of the boardwalk. Once again,
the team spotted one for me to try to photograph.
Asian toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus).
Dog-faced water snakes (Cerberus rynchops)
swimming near the jetty over Sungei Tampines. But on my way home after I
said goodbye to the team, I spotted this humungous fat mama snake!
Giant mudskippers (Periophthalmodon schlosseri)
are still out and about at night. But they seem to have a different
pattern. With broken up patches instead of two dark solid 'racing
stripes' along the body during the daytime. Dr Dan also noticed that in a
pair of fishes, one seems to be of a different pattern than the other.
Do the boy and girl fishes have different patterns? So much more to find
Mud crabs (Scylla sp.)! They were medium-sized. I don't see these during our day trips.
tree climbing crabs (Episesarma sp.) up in the trees.
Belongkeng snails (Ellobium sp.). These snails are not very common as they are found in the back mangroves and this kind of habitat is now rare in Singapore.
Fishing spider (Thalassius sp.) traipsing across the water!
much better photos of it and according to him, it's possibly a planthopper nymph.
Pasir Ris mangroves is a very special place. So easily accessible even at night!
My other mission for the evening was to take photos of attap chee in a
desert. This one looks yummy! I bought it separately because the attap
chee in ice kacang is buried underneath the ice.
yesterday's Naked Hermit Crab walk at Pasir Ris. The iPad app will be available for free download soon!
Here's Mei Lin having a look at the app.
Come see Pasir Ris for yourself. Join the Naked Hermit Crab's evening walks at Pasir Ris. More details on their blog.