Snakes are uncommonly spotted in the heavily urbanized landscape of Singapore. However from time to time, sightings of snakes at various public and private settings do have been reported before. Snakes are undeniably dangerous, as such it will still no doubt cause alarm and perhaps even a small mayhem when the reptile decides one day to emerge from its hideout. The reaction is absolutely right in every sense as we cannot over-emphasized on how dangerous a snake is to anyone's life, yours and mine included or other animals like your pets or even stray cats and dogs. Having said that, generally snakes are non-aggressive and would not attack unless provoke, hence please keep calm and call a professional snake catcher for help if you spot one!
Common snakes in SG
1.) The Oriental whip snake (Ahaetulla prasina)
A unmistakably bright green colored snake that is slightly venomous and about 180 - 200 centimetres long. It feeds mainly on smaller animals like frogs and small birds. Not as much of a punch to infect human fatally but still best to keep out its way and not provoke it.
2.) Reticulated Python (Broghammerus reticulatus)
Possibly the snake type that is spotted the most frequently in Singapore. This is one of the longest and strongest snake both in South East Asia and also the world. Potentially could grow up to a length of 10 metres. The Reticulated Python is non-venomous but it kills by constricting (or strangling in our terms) its victims in coils using its strong toned build.
3.) King Cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)
The King Cobra is probably the most well known species of the reptilian family in the world. It is known to be one of the world's deadliest snake. The snake could be predominantly recognized by its enlarged hood around its head when its on an aggressive mode and would attempt to stand up or stretch vertically, as high as 5-6 feet even at times. The King Cobra's bite can be fatal, please do not attempt to catch or provoke it in any sense. Contact of professional pest control services or the relevant authorities is required if you really do spot one.
Who to call?
For sightings in public areas, please do not hesitate to call the relevant authorities for immediate assistance.
1.) Police: 999
2.) Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore(AVA): 1800 476 1600
For sightings within private compounds and if you require URGENT assistance to a prompt and safe removal, please do not hesitate to call us IMMEDIATELY at our helpline 8353 7096.