The walk started in quite an exciting way when a boy, Aiden, spotting a small snake on the ground near the English Cottage. The guides were thrilled to see that it is a Keel-bellied Whip Snake. It's a lifer for most of the guides.
|Keel-bellied whip snake|
|A close-up look at the Keel-bellied whip snake|
We also reminded the visitors that we must not handle snakes if we are not trained to do so. There are venomous snakes in Singapore, some more venomous than others, and so for the safety of ourselves as well as for the snakes, we should not handle snakes on our own. We hope that we have left a beautiful message of conservation, love and respect for all snakes. If you're interested to learn more about snakes (and other reptiles and amphibians), do check out the blog from the Herpetology Society of Singapore.
Shortly after this, Jonathan gently released the whip snake back onto a tree. What a great experience for everyone!
After the excitement, we split the visitors into 4 groups, and everyone set off for the boardwalk, with a spring in our steps. To explore Chek Jawa!
Can you see the dark blob with white spots? We saw this in the back mangroves. These are likely the eggs of the snail next to the blob.
|Malayan water monitor lizard|
|'chut chut' snails|
|Three mangrove horseshoe crabs swimming together|
When the tide is high, we always stop to see snails and mudskippers clinging onto the roots and trunks of mangrove trees near the coast line.
|Cotton stainer bugs|
|Coastal Boardwalk, Chek Jawa|
Here's a photo of our visitors, taken at the start of the walk. Thank you for joining us. We hope you had a lovely outing at Chek Jawa.
|12 December, 2015|
Mission accomplished for 2015! The Crabs will take a break in January. We resume our Chek Jawa trips in February, so don't forget to look out for our 2016 announcements.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!