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Wed 30 May 2007

Sat 16 Jun 2007: Chim Chee Kong on "Snakes in Singapore"

Category : talks

"Snakes in Singapore
- Know Them and You Will Love Them!"

By Chim Chee Kong (Snakehunter extraordinaire!)

Saturday, 16 June: 3.00 - 4.30 pm,
Tampines Regional Library

About the talk - Most people fear snakes, understandably at times but illogically in most cases. The myths and stories surrounding the slithering cold blooded snake have perhaps contributed to this instinctive fear. It is in fact possible for us to appreciate snakes and co-exist with them, if we try to know these amazing animals better. There are more than 60 species of snakes in Singapore, but only a handful of them are considered to be potentially dangerous to us.

Besides cobras and pythons, this tropical city is also home to other snakes such as flying snakes, crab-eating snakes and whipsnakes. Join us at this informative talk and discover interesting facts and stories about the often "misunderstood" animal.

About the speaker - Chim Chee Kong has been visiting snakes in Singapore's ecosystems since he was an undergrad, as part of the second-generation "Snakehunter" team from National University of Singapore, that was formed in support of the aquatic snake study in Singapore by long-time friend and expert Harold Voris from Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

He went from assistant to researcher and conducted his postgraduate studies with the Natural Sciences Academic Group under Prof C. H. Diong at NTU's National Institute of Education. For his snake research there, he formed the third generation of the snakehunters, called erm, SSnakehunters. Did I tell you he's corny?

He also blogs about snakes in SLOG is a volunteer guide with the Raffles Museum at Pulau Ubin and was one of our volunteer guides at Chek Jawa in 2001/2.

Thanks to Lim Poh Poh for the talk details. I penned the bit on Chee Kong.

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