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Animals found in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, featuring Koi Carp, Catfish, Snakes, Lizards, Terrapins, Macaques and Squirrels

I have grouped opportunistic and regular animal subjects found in the Singapore Botanic Gardens here – wherever there is water; there are red-eared terrapins sunbathing and the occasional monitor lizard. The terrapins were probably an introduced species from the US. The plantain squirrels in the garden seem to be very timid at least compared with Grey and American Red squirrels. Changeable lizards can be founds sunbathing in the shrubs and trees near Swan Lake. Despite the park getting rid of macaque monkeys, I have occasionally seen them in the trees. I also photographed a very large catfish swimming above the surface of the water for a distance of several metres. My research has failed to identify this behaviour, but I’ve determined that the fish may be trying to take in oxygen from what may be the oxygen-depleted environment or possible a hunting strategy.

Image gallery of animals seen in the Botanic Gardens

Featuring – Catfish (Siluriformes), Oriental Vine Snake (Ahaetulla prasina), Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator), Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor), Macaques Monkey (Macaca fascicularis) and Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus).