STOMPer Sek Wan would like to warn visitors to Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk to be wary of a dangerous shore pit viper that he had spotted there.
Said the STOMPer:
"While I was bird-watching at Pasir Ris Mangrove Boardwalk, I spotted this mean and dangerous shore pit viper (also known as mangrove pit viper) along the Boardwalk!
"Would like to remind other park users and especially young children who cycle there alone without their parents to be cautious about the presence of this danger!
"Some facts about this snake. Behavior: These snakes are very easily agitated, and once they get going they are hard to calm down.
"Their strikes are very fast, but thankfully, short. They are known by snake handlers to have a 'bad temper'.
"Venom toxicity: Venomous and very toxic to humans. Though people have died as a result of bites from this snake, this is not usually the case.
"Size: up to about 100cm.
"The venomous shore pit-viper lives in trees and shrubs.
"It has a nasty temperament, but tends to be secretive. It is nocturnal and feeds largely on birds and lizards.
"Shore pit vipers are ovoviviparous, they will not lay their eggs, but hatch them inside their body.
"Status and threats: Our shore pit vipers are listed as 'Endangered' on the Red List of threatened animals of Singapore. Like other creatures of the intertidal zone, they are affected by human activities such as reclamation and pollution.
"Would like to suggest the Parks to put up more warning signs to warn Park users just like what they did putting up warning signs for Crocodile @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Park."