I'm back on the monthly guided walks of Naked Hermit Crabs at Chek Jawa as a nature guide. Accompanying me on the trips for September and October are my student councillors who were present as part of the council's Excel leadership exposure programme.
Oriental whip snake (Ahaetulla prasina)!
As it looks like a green vine from far, it is also known as the Green vine snake. Despite its slender and long body form, it also has a long thin tail that can take up nearly 40% of the length of the snake. It eats mainly lizards, but also frogs and small birds.
This snake is mildly venomous but shy and will prefer to slide away into the undergrowth. If you want to take a closer look at it, avoid disturbing it.
Sea hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus). They usual start flowering in the morning and the flower will fall by evening time.
colourful Cotton stainer bugs (Dysdercus decussatus). The ones shown in this photo are juveniles.
Mangrove stink bugs (Calliphara nobilis)! The colours of these bugs are beautiful, a reddish copper with a metallic sheen.
Blue-spotted mudskipper (Boleophthalmus boddarti).
Malayan water monitor (Varanus salvator) which is known to be a good scavenger along the coast and mangroves.
Tiny colourful fiddler crab (Uca sp.).
Face-banded sesarmine crab (Perisesarma sp). It is as named because it has a has a bluish band across its face. These crabs are great scavengers. They feed on all kinds of stuff, from sediment to leaves to smaller invertebrates.
Thank you all for your enthusiasm, has been great guiding all of you.
I'm filled with jealousy for missing but definitely am happy to know that they are spotted by our crabs! This sighting is so awesome that the otters that they also found were out-shadowed. :P
Read the NHC blog to see photos of the dugong: http://nakedhermitcrabs.blogspot.sg/2013/10/dugong-and-more-at-chek-jawa.html
Links to my student councillors' reflections:
Yu Chong: http://shscexcel.blogspot.com/2013/10/environmental-exposure-reflection-by-yu.html