Other Wildlife

Last Updated on 12 May 2024

Little did we know that our tiny tropical island of Singapore is actually home to a number of exotic wildlife species, many of whom we have yet had the honour to meet.

The animals that we hope to befriend one day include the Sambar Deer, Sunda Pangolin, Greater Mouse-deer, and more.

Meanwhile, these are some of the more common wildlife that we have spotted during our hiking adventures.

Family Mustelidae (weasels, otters and relatives)

Smooth-coated Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata)

Sighted: Bishan Park, Coney Island, Gardens By The Bay, Jurong Lake Gardens, Lakeside Garden, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Pasir Ris Park

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Family Cercopithecidae (old world monkeys)

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Sighted: Bukit Batok Nature ParkBukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Park Connector, Chestnut Nature Park, Dairy Farm Nature ParkFisherman’s Trail, Kampong Trail, Labrador Nature ReserveLower Peirce Reservoir, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Thomson Nature Park, West Coast ParkWindsor Nature Park

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Raffles Banded Langur (Presbytis femoralis femoralis)

Sighted: Thomson Nature Park

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Family Cynocephalidae (colugo)

Malayan Colugo (Galeopterus variegatus)

Sighted: Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Lower Peirce Reservoir

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Family Suidae (pigs, hogs and boars)

Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)

Sighted: Dairy Farm Nature ParkLower Peirce Reservoir

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Family Sciuridae (squirrels)

Plantain Squirrel (Callosciurus notatus)

Sighted: Everywhere

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Slender Squirrel (Sundasciurus tenuis)

Sighted: Bukit Batok Nature Park

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Finlayson’s Squirrel (Callosciurus finlaysonii)

Sighted: Bidadari Park

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Family Viverridae (civets)

Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)

Sighted: Alexandra Park Connector

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Family Tupaiidae (treeshrews)

Common Treeshrew (Tupaia glis)

Sighted: Botanic Gardens, Bukit Batok Nature Park

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Family Tragulidae (mousedeer)

Lesser Mouse-deer (Tragulus kanchil)

Sighted: Lower Peirce Reservoir, Thomson Nature Park

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Family Pteropodidae (old world fruit bats)

Lesser Dog-faced Fruit Bat (Cynopterus brachyotis)

Sighted: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Family Crocodylidae (crocodiles)

Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

Sighted: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Family Varanidae (monitor lizards)

Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)

Sighted: Jurong Lake Gardens, Serangoon Reservoir, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Clouded Monitor (Varanus nebulosus)

Sighted: Parks and nature reserves

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Family Scincidae (skinks)

Common Sun Skink (Eutropis multifasciata)

Sighted: Chestnut Nature Park, Fisherman’s Trail, Little Guilin

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Family Agamidae (agamids)

Changeable Lizard (Calotes versicolor)

Sighted: Bidadari ParkJurong Lake Gardens, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Tampines Eco Green

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Family Dactyloidae (anoles)

Brown Anole (Norops sagrei)

Sighted: Gardens By The Bay

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Family Elapidae (cobras, coral snakes, kraits, sea snakes)

Blue Malayan Coral Snake (Calliophis bivirgatus)

Sighted: Chestnut Nature Park

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Family Colubridae (colubrids)

Mangrove Snake (Boiga dendrophila)

Sighted: Windsor Nature Park

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Family Emydidae (American terrapins)

Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)

Sighted: Alexandra Park Connector, Botanic Gardens, Bukit Batok Nature ParkBukit Timah Nature Reserve, Jurong Lake GardensLittle Guilin, Tampines Eco Green

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Family Geoemydidae (Asian terrapins)

Malayan Box Terrapin (Cuora amboinensis)

Sighted: Windsor Nature Park

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Family Oxudercidae (mudskippers)

Giant Mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri)

Sighted: Pasir Ris Park, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Family Ranidae (true frogs)

Copper-cheeked Frog (Chalcorana labialis)

Sighted: Nee Soon Swamp

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Family Dicroglossidae (fanged frogs)

Malayan Giant Frog (Limnonectes blythii)

Sighted: Botanic Gardens

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Family Sesarmidae (sesarmine crabs, vinegar crabs, etc)

Vinegar Crab (Episesarma spp.)

Sighted: Pasir Ris Park

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Family Catostylidae (small jellyfish)

Mangrove Jellyfish (Acromitus sp.)

Sighted: Pasir Ris Park

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Family Pyrrhocoridae (red bugs, cotton stainers and relatives)

Cotton Stainer Bug (Dysdercus decussatus)

Sighted: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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Family Reduviidae (true bugs)

Yellow Assassin Bug (Cosmolestes picticeps)

Sighted: Chestnut Nature Park

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Family Acrididae (grasshoppers)

Javanese Grasshopper (Valanga nigricornis)

Sighted: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

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