Wagler’s Pit Viper spotted!
The juvenile Wagler’s Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri) has a broad triangular shaped head, and is highly venomous. It’s venom is a strong Hemotoxin, which destroys red blood cells, disrupts blood clotting, and causes organ/tissue damage. This, may lead to loss of a limb, so just play safe, don’t disturb any snakes, and watch where you step!
While I was shooting the viper, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports – Dr Vivian Balakrishnan – appeared behind me with a group of Cashew residents and asked what I was shooting. I whispered “snake!!!”, much to the horror of some of the aunties and uncles. 😛
#1 Little Pit Viper spotted! The juvenile looks very different from an adult, which would be black with yellow stripes and grows up to 1 meter in length.
#2 Closer look at the triangular head
#3 Front view. It is called a Pit Viper for it’s heat-sensing “pits” on it’s cheeks, in between the eye and nostrils visible in this shot. These are used to locate prey, detecting temperature differences of as little as 0.003 degree Celsius!
#4 Started hissing as many passer-bys stopped and created a commotion behind me -.-“”
#5 Curling up on a branch
#6 Flapping it’s tongue.. *bleh* *bleh* *bleh* *bleh* *bleh*
#7 Closing in to it’s head
#8 Another view from the top
#9 Final shot from the front
#10 A very cute pair of moths hiding behind a leaf
#11 Front view of a beetle. Had shot this on numerous occasions but never from the front. Looks fierce!!
#12 Another cute pair hiding in a tree trunk crevice
#13 A colourful plant hopper. I thought it was a lantern bug… chey
#14 Ant-snatching assassin bug (Acanthaspis petax). It stabs it’s prey and discards the carcasses on it’s back. It secretes fine sticky threads on it’s back so that the corpses would stick as it carrys it’s armor of dead bodies around!
#15 Another view of the ant-snatcher!
#16 A very rare view of a male and female crab spider couple together, and BOTH having a prey in their jaws
#17 Robberfly with a bee for lunch
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