Photo of Reticulated Python by Cyrena Lin. Photo of Equatorial Spitting Cobra by Noel Thomas.
There are 67 species of snakes that can be found in Singapore. Snakes in Singapore are active throughout the year due to our tropical climate. They come in many sizes, from the Brahminy Blind Snake that grows no longer than 20 cm, to the Reticulated Python that can grow up to over 9 m in length.
Important ecological roles
Pest control – Snakes such as pythons act as a vital biological control for local rodent populations.
Balanced ecosystem – Snakes are vital components of the food web as predators of small animals and prey to larger mammals and birds.
Snakes are generally shy creatures and will usually try to slither away from humans. Snakes are generally not aggressive and will not attack unless they are disturbed or provoked. If you do see a live snake, do keep calm and keep a safe distance.
If you come across snakes in persisting in a public area or in your property, please call NParks’ 24hr Animal Response Centre at 1800-476-1600, and we will assist.
Read on to find out more or download the snake advisory here.
What to do when you encounter a snake in a public area
- Observe from a safe distance, as snakes will not attack unless disturbed or provoked.
- Stay calm and back away slowly, giving it space to retreat.
- Do not approach or attempt to handle the snake.
- Leave it alone, especially if it is in its natural habitat. Call NParks at 1800-476-1600 if you need assistance.
- Keep pets on a tight leash as they might chase the snake and frighten it.
What to do when you encounter a snake at home
- Keep your distance and call for professional help – the snake might be looking for a dark and secure area to hide.
- Keep all family members and pets away from where the snake is.
- If snake is found inside a room, keep all doors and windows that lead outside open for the snake to exit.
- Find out why the snake came to your area – a potential cause can be improper waste disposal which attracts pests that snakes prey on.
How to keep snakes out of your home
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