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Reptiles are turning up in the oddest places in our concrete jungle

May 10, 2014 - 1:10am


TNP PHOTO: Benjamin Seetor

A metre-long monitor lizard in Sembawang, a two metre-long python in Serangoon, and a three metre-long python (above) in Sims Avenue.

There has been a sudden increase of reported sightings of reptiles this week.

In Sembawang, Canberra Road resident Ganwani Lachman, 58, thought the monitor lizard was fake as it clung onto the gate of his first-storey neighbour's home.

Yesterday morning, a 2m-long python caused a bit of excitement as it got stuck in a hole along the wall of a storm canal outside St Gabriel's Primary School at Lorong Chuan.

The snake's meal may have caused a bump in its body, preventing it from slithering away from the public eye.

Later in the evening, the snake that bit Madam Noraslina Asat on Labour Day was found in a manhole, weak and unconscious.

Previously estimated at 1.8m-long, the reticulated python measured three metres long when caught.

All three reptiles are common in Singapore and will not attack humans unless provoked, said Animal Concerns Research and Education Society officials.

The public is advised not to approach the reptiles when spotted, and to call Acres' Wildlife Rescue Hotline at  9783-7782 if they spot any injured or trapped reptiles, or if the animals are in premises like homes, offices, or schools.


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