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Cicada
Bird's Nest Fern
Long-tailed Macaque
Pidgeon Orchid
Monitor Lizard
Myna
Sunbird
Changeable Lizard
Red-eared Terrapin
Cattle Egret
Traveller's Palm
Koel

 

 

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Monitor Lizard


Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator)

A face-to-face encounter with a full-grown monitor lizard is always a fascinating experience.
They are among the biggest lizards in the world, reaching lengths of more than two meters. Although they appear a bit clumsy, climbing trees does not pose a challenge for them. They are excellent swimmers as well and thus often mistaken for crocodiles.
Among their favourite foods is carrion and provided they're left alone, they're pretty harmless.
 

 


Myna (Acridotheres spp.)

Two species of mynas can commonly be seen in Singapore, especially around hawker centers and coffee shops: the Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus, see photo) and the Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis tristis, no photo available yet).
Originally brought into Singapore as a cage bird in the 1920s, the Javan Myna has since established itself as the most abundant bird species in Singapore.
 

Javan Myna

 

Female Sunbird
Male Sunbird


Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis)

This sunbird species is a regular in parks and gardens and even on balconies.
Both male and female have a dull olive-brown back and yellow underparts. The breast and forehead of the male (right photo) is a metallic blue-black.
They feed on small insects and nectar which they sip from the calyxes with their long curved beaks.
It is sometimes mistaken for a humming bird.
 

 


Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)

Only introduced into Singapore in the early 1980s, this lizard has since become more abundant than the indigenous Green-crested Lizard (Calotes cristatellus).
During the mating season the males develop a reddish head with a black blotch, which has earned them the rather unflattering name "bloodsucker lizard". Because of their ability to change colour rapidly, they are sometimes wrongly called "chameleons".
 

Changeable Lizard
Changeable Lizard

 
 

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