A stroll in Rifle Range, Singapore : The Barred Kukri snake : Oligodon signatus

When:  April 2014                                 Weather :  25C and hot

 

A night ramble in rifle range road, Singapore started off quietly……a few usual grasshoppers and spiders….

big grasshopper

big grasshopper

garfield spider!

garfield spider!

 

close up of wolf spider

close up of wolf spider

 

assassin bug

assassin bug

 

And as the night wore on, it looked as if it was going to be one of those quiet nights with nothing too dramatic..and then we saw it…just sitting on a concrete bollard in the middle of a conduit…..the rarely seen Barred Kukri snake…apparently only a handful of sightings ever in singapore/malaysia. Much less common than the Striped Kukri…

draped over a bollard...

draped over a bollard…

Barred Kukri

Barred Kukri

 

barred kukri

barred kukri

the much commoner striped kukri for comparison

the much commoner striped kukri for comparison

 

It was a tiny little thing, about 12 inches long, pencil thin and feisty! ( I guess I would have been too had I been  disturbed in the middle of the night.)

close up of head

close up of head

 

adopting the cobra pose...

adopting the cobra pose…

 

just gorgeous from the dorsum

just gorgeous from the dorsum

 

orange ringed ventral surface

orange ringed ventral surface

 

it was not amused and started gnawing at my friend's knuckle...

it was not amused and started gnawing at my friend’s knuckle…

 

drawing blood...

drawing blood…

Fortunately the Barred Kukri is not venomous but the bite is still painful! We left him where we found him in a remote part of Rifle Range Link….

On the way out, this cute fellow was standing guard…

crab eating frog

crab eating frog

 

And there was a spectacular variable lizard..how cool are its eyes!

Dinosaur like variable lizard with awesome eye detail

Dinosaur like variable lizard with awesome eye detail

Singapore, the garden city never fails to amaze …you just do not expect to see such wonderful fauna here!

 

 

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