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 – Species Spotlight!

Happy World Snake Day! To celebrate, we have a special two-part blog post. Take a look at the first part of our special here! For part 2, we have a special ‘Species Spotlight’. Two weeks ago, we asked our followers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to vote on which species of snake we should featureContinue reading “World Snake Day Special – Species Spotlight!”

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”

Borneo Herp Trip 2019

The rainforests of Borneo, considered by many to be the crown jewel of biodiversity in Sundaland. We start our story in Kuching, the capital city of Sarawak, Malaysia. As the wheels of the plane touched the ground, I felt a surge of excitement swell within me. I was finally in Borneo once again! After notContinue reading “Borneo Herp Trip 2019”

The Making of ‘The Herp Squad and the Mystery of the Missing Bluebird’

In 2019, we were approached by the Raffles Ecological Literacy Programme to advise a group of students, as they created a children’s book about Singapore’s biodiversity. Naturally, we jumped at the opportunity. Joon Khai, Pyari, Seng Kitt, Shanyl, Dayna, Justine and Sheu Wen published an amazing book titled ‘The Herp Squad and the Mystery ofContinue reading “The Making of ‘The Herp Squad and the Mystery of the Missing Bluebird’”

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”

Snakes – Why No Legs?

One of our members, Jonathan Tan, recently wrote an essay on why snakes have evolved to be legless. We’ve invited him to share it here to help our readers better understand their fascinating evolutionary history.  Disclaimer: our understanding of the evolution of snakes is itself continuously evolving, so this essay may contain points of contention.  What […]

Herping Ubin

Today was the HSS’ first Herp Walk held on Pulau Ubin! Previously, night walks had been held in collaboration with the Vertebrate Study Group (VSG) branch of the Nature Society as part of Pesta Ubin 2016, and HSS members also helped survey for herptiles during BioBlitz Ubin in December last year. Given the rich herpetofauna that we observedContinue reading “Herping Ubin”

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