SSSCALY SURPRISES AT SINGAPORE ZOO THIS LUNAR NEW YEAR

A bounty of snake-tivities awaits visitors to the park this festive season.

SINGAPORE, 8 Feb 2013 — Take the golden opportunity of the Lunar New Year holidays to get up close and personal with the mystical and mysterious snake, which takes centrestage at Singapore Zoo. To celebrate the Year of the Snake, peek at a special snake display at Rainforest Walk, take a photo with a scaly friend as a memento or learn more about these elusive and often maligned creatures at the snake-themed educational booth. Children can indulge in interactive activities and get a serpent painted on their hands! Traditional high-octane Southern Lion Dance performance with breath-taking moves on high poles, as well as appearances by prosperity mascots will also lend an air of festive fun!

To know more about snakes, pop into the Reptile Garden where there are over 20 species of snake. Visit Elvis, the 4.7m King Cobra, and Tiny, the 6m long Reticulated Python. The King Cobra is the world’s longest venomous snake species, while the Reticulated Python is the world’s longest snake species. You might even be lucky enough to catch the keepers on their feeding rounds!

Animal Management Officer Samuel Tay gently places a strikingly coloured Mangrove Snake into a special ‘Year of the Snake’ display at Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Walk. Also known as the Gold-Ringed Cat Snake, this local and hardy species is primarily arboreal (tree-dwelling), and preys on various species of lizards, small snakes, birds and rodents. Although mildly venomous, the venom toxicity is not generally considered to be life-threatening to humans.
Animal Management Officer Samuel Tay gently places a strikingly coloured Mangrove Snake into a special ‘Year of the Snake’ display at Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Walk. Also known as the Gold-Ringed Cat Snake, this local and hardy species is primarily arboreal (tree-dwelling), and preys on various species of lizards, small snakes, birds and rodents. Although mildly venomous, the venom toxicity is not generally considered to be life-threatening to humans.
Animal Management Officer Samuel Tay gingerly peeks at the Blood Python as it settles into a special ‘Year of the Snake’ display at Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Walk. This heavily built snake used to be found locally but is now believed to be extinct in Singapore. This species is threatened from possible overexploitation for the leather and international pet trades.
Animal Management Officer Samuel Tay gingerly peeks at the Blood Python as it settles into a special ‘Year of the Snake’ display at Singapore Zoo’s Rainforest Walk. This heavily built snake used to be found locally but is now believed to be extinct in Singapore. This species is threatened from possible overexploitation for the leather and international pet trades.

Chinese New Year activity details at all Wildlife Reserves Singapore parks:

Singapore Zoo

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Jurong Bird Park

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Night Safari

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