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Sun 18 Apr 2004

Elegant bronzeback has a Green-crested lizard for lunch

Category : nature

At about 12.10pm on 5th December 2003, NParks officer Aidi Abdul Ghani encountered a cyclist in the nature reserve. He was explaining why cyclists are not permited in the nature reserve when they heard something fall from a tree nearby. It was a snake! An Elegant Bronzeback (Dendrelaphis formosus), and it had in its jaws, a Green crested lizard (Bronchocela cristatella). It must have sruck the lizard on the tree and fallen with its prey.

The snake kept turning the lizard (probably to weaken it) as it moved towards shelter. As Aidi took photos, the snake moved it's grip from lizard's upper body to its mouth and finally enetered the shelter of surrounding vegetation, to finish its meal.

The cyclist watched Aidi not interfere with the snake to some surprise, and he explained he was leaving the snake to its lunch. He also explained that cycling in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve is not permitted, to always look for signs indicating cyclists could use a particular trail, and suggested she use the one at Bukit Timah!

Posted at 5:38AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email |

Sun 18 Apr 2004

"Local taboos could save the seas"

Category : envt

New Scientist.com, 17 Apr 04

'Almost all Melanesian countries are reporting falling numbers of several species of fish and mollusc. To address the widespread decline, government representatives met scientists, NGOs and lawyers at a workshop hosted by International Marine Project Activities Centre in Townsville, Queensland, in March.'

"The island nations of the south-western Pacific are considering allowing citizens to reclaim legal control of their local seas, in the hope they can use their traditional knowledge, customs and laws to protect fish stocks and biodiversity. The move is a tacit acknowledgement that western-style centralised fishing regulations are failing to protect many of the world's marine ecosystems."

Read the complete article at newscientist.com.

Posted at 3:41AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | email | Raffles Museum news