World Sea Turtle Day 2021

We’ve written on sea turtles a couple of times before this. If you haven’t already, check the posts out here and here. June 16th is World Sea Turtle Day! Join us in celebrating these fascinating and threatened creatures. Sea turtles have a tough life – to the point of briefly becoming internet memes in 2020.Continue reading “World Sea Turtle Day 2021”

Here be Dragons

14th August is World Lizard Day! This year we are going to be featuring dragons. Dragons are found in one form or another in nearly every culture in the world. And every dragon has its style; fire-breathers, gold-hoarders, princess-stealers, and more. But these dragons are of lore. We are going to meet some real-life dragonsContinue reading “Here be Dragons”

World Snake Day Special – #AskHSS

July 16th is World Snake Day! To celebrate, we’ll be doing a special two-part blog post. We asked our followers on Instagram @herpsocsg for their burning questions about snakes! Thank you to all who contributed your questions – we’ve answered them below. Without further ado, let’s dive straight into #askHSS! GENERAL QUESTIONS How many species ofContinue reading “World Snake Day Special – #AskHSS”

World Congress of Herpetology 2020!

The 9th World Congress of Herpetology was held in Dunedin, New Zealand from 5-10 January 2020. HSS Co-founder, Sankar was fortunate enough to attend the conference and present on “A metabarcoding study of diet and parasites in reticulated pythons in Singapore”. It might seem strange to host a herpetology conference in New Zealand, a countryContinue reading “World Congress of Herpetology 2020!”

Ask HSS #1

We realise that Herpetology doesn’t come up too often in day-to-day life. So, we put up a series of Instagram Stories on @herpsocsg asking if you guys had any burning questions on Herps and Herping in Singapore. Many of you have quipped in with awesome questions, and they shall be answered below! On Herps inContinue reading “Ask HSS #1”

World Sea Turtle Day

June 16th is World Sea Turtle Day, made in honour of Dr. Archie Carr (June 16th, 1909 – May 21st, 1987), who has been regarded as the father of sea turtle biology. He founded the Sea Turtle Conservancy and turned the tide of sea turtle extinction into a road to recovery with many of hisContinue reading “World Sea Turtle Day”

FREE Guided Herp Walk at Venus Loop (Valentine’s Day Special)

Registration Link Are you an amorous amphibian lover? Or perhaps a lovable lizard-enthusiast? Join us on this special Valentine’s Day walk at Venus Loop! In an effort to promote an awareness of Singapore’s natural and historical heritage, and to promote conversations amongst Singaporeans, the HSS will be conducting the Herp Walk @ Venus Loop. We want to raise awareness, in particular, aboutContinue reading “FREE Guided Herp Walk at Venus Loop (Valentine’s Day Special)”

Beware of Snakes? Be Aware of Snakes!

What a walk! For the first Herp Walk of 2016, the HSS ventured into Treetop Walk, along with a group of enthusiastic participants who were keen to see the herps that they shared Singapore with. Participants were first wowed by a couple of Black-bearded Gliding Lizards (Draco melanopogon) perched on a tree. The guides explained howContinue reading “Beware of Snakes? Be Aware of Snakes!”

Herps in the Sky? – Part 2

True flight is something that is restricted to birds, bats and insects. It is distinguished from gliding and parachuting in that flying animals are able to produce thrust, to sustain their upward path. This is done by way of the “flight stroke”. It is an important thing to note that no herps are capable of true flight.Continue reading “Herps in the Sky? – Part 2”

Herps in the Sky? – Part 1

Aerial Movement is something that has evolved (independently) many times in the animal kingdom.There are two types of Aerial Movement: True flight and Gliding/Parachuting. They are useful adaptations, especially in rainforests, where they enable canopy dwellers to travel easily from tree to tree, without expending too much energy. True flight is something that is restricted to birds, bats andContinue reading “Herps in the Sky? – Part 1”