Monday, September 05, 2011

Pit Vipers of Singapore

It's been quite a while since there was a post on this blog on snakes. This is because they have become harder to find and encounters during my morning walks in the Central Nature Reserve (CNR) have dropped to zero sightings. A quick check with other regulars also confirmed that snakes have all but gone from the usual places we use to encounter them.

Though Shore Pit Viper is not rare at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR). They are not easy to spot. They sit very still on branches in the mangrove area and blend into the surroundings. I was lucky to have had the opportunity to photograph two small individuals recently during weekdays when the reserve was empty which meant calm quiet surroundings. With this species captured in pixels, means that I have completed my collection of Singapore pit vipers.
First individual coiled up in a ball
Second individual with a purplish hue
Wagler's Pit Viper
The Shore Pit Viper can be unpredictable. Best thing for snake and human - leave the resting serpent alone.

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