16 Feb '12, 4am

Wild Shores of Singapore: Why Pasir Ris mangroves are special!

Wild Shores of Singapore: Why Pasir Ris mangroves are special!

Unlike Sungei Buloh, we can explore the boardwalk at Pasir Ris in the evening! And encounter strange behaviour generally only seen near sunset and at night. Today for the first time, I saw a water monitor deep in a hole! What is going on?! Just as I started my little stroll on the boardwalk, right beneath me I noticed this small Malayan water monitor (Varanus salvator ) next to a tiny hole in the mud. I watched in amazement as the lizard stuck its nose into the hole. Then it's whole head. Then shoving its first pair of legs and its body as far into the hole as it could. It stayed down for quite a long time! Then it started to dig. It didn't manage to catch anything. But it kept diving in and digging. I left it alone as I didn't want to disturb it. What was it hunting? In my exploration of the boardwalk, I came across many small creatures that might have made a nice monitor...

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