Snakes in the grass

on 28th April 2015

Lena Chow encountered an evening drama on 11th April 2015 at Singapore’s Lorong Halus Wetlands.

There was a brief battle between a Striped Kukri Snake (Oligodon octolineatus) and a Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor) in the grass (above).

The Striped Kukri is prominent in its vermillion stripe along the middle of the back flanked by three black stripes on each side (above). It has a pinkish belly (below). It eats snakes in addition to lizards and bird eggs.

The Sunbeam Snake is less prominent, brownish to black and much longer than the Striped Kukri. It also eats other snakes (below).

Being longer, the Sunbeam had the advantage and was winning the battle.

The video above shows the Striped Kukri scrambling up the stem of a bush, escaping from the battle scene.

Lena Chow
April 2015

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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