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Fun Facts: All About Reptiles

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Fun Facts: All About Reptiles


Today (October 21) is Reptile Awareness Day! On this day, we would like to shed light on four uncommon facts about our scaly friends. 😉 1. Not all snakes swallow their prey whole Contrary to popular belief, some snakes rip their prey into smaller pieces instead of swallowing them whole. Scientists observed this unusual behaviour

Native Animals of Singapore You Never Knew Existed (意想不到的本地生物)


  In a three-part special, zaobao.sg 生活娱乐, together with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, featured 10 interesting animals that can be found in Singapore. From the venomous creatures that lurk in our shores to the animals that conquer the skies, click on the links below to read more about these fascinating creatures. Part

A Step Closer to Solving A 100-Year Mystery


  Mammalogists may be one step closer towards solving a conundrum that has been a subject of much uncertainty for almost a hundred years—on whether Tragulus williamsoni, or Williamson’s mouse-deer, is a valid and distinct species. Mouse-deer, or chevrotains are some of the world’s smallest hoofed animals. Research findings by mammalogists Dr. Erik Meijaard, Mr.

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Jan-Frits Veldkamp


Recently, we hosted Dr. Jan-Frits Veldkamp from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden. Dr. Veldkamp is a botanist with a research focus on the grasses of Southeast Asia, with a career that has spanned over 50 years. He was here to examine grass specimens in the Singapore University Herbarium (SINU), as part of the research for a

Visiting Scientist Feature: Dr. Daniel Edison M. Husana


Recently, we hosted Dr. Daniel Edison M. Husana, associate professor from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, who was here to examine freshwater crab specimens in the Zoological Reference Collection (ZRC). Dr. Husana’s research focuses on animals that reside in caves, such as cave crabs and cave fish. Adventurous Spirit Why cave animals (troglobites/stygobites)?

Visiting Scientist(s) Feature: Mammalogist Edition


In this feature, we give a short summary of the work of two mammalogists that have visited the museum a while back. Mr. Lim Tze Tshen Mr. Lim Tze Tshen is a research associate at the University of Malaysia, focusing on biodiversity conservation and vertebrate palaeontology. As a palaeontologist, Mr. Lim studies fossils, from common ones

An Eye-Popping Discovery in Southeast Asian Assassin Bug Biodiversity


Two pop culture characters, Popeye the Sailor and Mini-Me from the Austin Powers comedy movie series, are now linked in eternity in circumstances most unusual – having assassin bugs named after them. Paraphysoderes popeye and Physoderes minime are two new assassin bug species that were named by LKCNHM Museum Officer Dr. Hwang Wei Song, together