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Sun 18 Apr 2004

Elegant bronzeback has a Green-crested lizard for lunch

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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!

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