Another large resident mammal that is becoming very common is the Wild Boar (Sus scrofa). They are found in groups around forest areas, scrublands and mangroves. Once thought to be locally extinct, it was repopulated by individuals swimming across the Johor Straits from Malaysia (Baker & Lim, 2008).
The Slender Squirrel (Sundascirus tenuis) can be seen among trees in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Occasionally it strays into parks and the Singapore Botanical Gardens.
The Common Treeshrew (Tupaia glis) is easily recognised by its long and tapering muzzle. Confined to forests and the surrounding scrubs and parks, it is usually seen on the ground foraging.
Other mammal sightings in Singapore include the Malayan Colugo (Cynocephalus variegates); Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus singapurensis); Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis); Malayan Scaly Anteater (Manis javanica); Smooth Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata); Whiskered Myotis Bat (Myotis muricola); and Common Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis).
Ei Leen Ong
26th May 2019
Baker, N. & K. Lim (eds.). 2008. Wild animals of Singapore: A photographic guide to mammals, reptiles, amphibians and freshwater fishes. Vertebrate Study Group, Nature Society (Singapore). 180 pp.
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