06 December 2015

Wet and wild at Pasir Ris with the Naked Hermit Crabs

Despite the heavy rain and flash flooding, hard core visitors joined the Naked Hermit Crabs on a lovely walk at the Pasir Ris mangrove boardwalk. We only conduct this tour during school holidays.
We saw lots of cool critters and had a great time!

A little wait and the rain and lightning eased so we could head out safely for the mangroves.
There are lots of Tree-climbing crabs! Although they are large, they are hard to spot as they are well camouflaged.
Another big favourite are the Giant mudskippers. Which are quite abundant just below the boardwalk.
In the trees, a Plantain squirrel! Mama Crab Ley Kun spotted it and shares more about our squirrels.
When we got to the jetty, a lovely treat to see a pair of Dog-faced water snakes!
Here's a video of them.
Dog-faced water snake, Schneider's Bockadam (Cerberus schneiderii)
The jetty is also a great spot to observe birds. Ley Kun knows a lot about birds!
As the sun set, the herons were returning to their nests and roosts on the mangrove trees along the stream. We also saw a Night heron, a kingfisher and other birds. In the water, we also saw one jellyfish!
Thanks to Sumita for organising the walk! Here she is explaining to visitors about the Koel, which was calling in the trees. Then, Tim spotted the Koel! Hurray!
Sumita also recommended an awesome restaurant for our usual feast at the end of the walk. The voracious Crabs descended upon the Loving Hut and ate up the delicious vegan food there.
Photo by James Chua.
The Pasir Ris mangroves are just 10 minutes from Pasir Ris MRT and just next to DownTown East. It has educational and interesting panels so you can explore it on your own. It is the only mangrove boardwalk that is open 24/7. A night trip to here can be quite amazing. And here's more about why Pair Ris mangroves are so awesome.

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