Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Friday, October 07, 2005
The Origin of Sars...Horseshoe Bats
"Scientists trace SARS to bats, blame human mucking with nature"
Sunday, October 02, 2005
This featured bug was found on the cotton plant in SSC ecogarden. Feeling totally confused between the cotton stainer bugs, Dysdercus decussatus found on the sea hibiscus, which has a distinctive yellow cross on the back, and this cotton bug, I had to ask the bugman for help. It is likely to be the Dysdercus cingulatus, from the family Pyrrhocoridae.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Creepy Crawlies rule this site!
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The pink mempat trees (Cratoxylum formosum), native Southeast Asian trees with clusters of pink flowers, are beautifying the TPE and CTE. This particular picture was taken from SSC's ecogarden.
A prolonged dry spell is required to trigger the flowering and reproduction cycle of these trees.
One explanation is that plants 'sense' danger when subjected to long dry spells, so they flower to ensure propagation.
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Can cross customs?
On a short after-lunch trip across the Second Link (just to get my quarterly supply of contact lens & solution), we chanced upon a pet shop located within the premises of the shopping mall.
The cute local breed rabbits were selling at RM15 and the Australian rabbits at RM30plus. That was really 'affordable'! And surprisingly we saw what-looked-like baby star tortoises. The owner told us that these 'gold coin' tortoises were from India and when they grow bigger there will be humps or small peaks on their shells. These tortoises are also easy to maintain as they get their water source from the fresh vegetables and do not need additional water.
From the owner's description, I gather that these were the endangered star tortoises and it is illegal to keep these exotic reptiles and sell them in Singapore.The law states that anyone caught importing or exporting animals that fall under the Endangered Species Act without a Cites permit can be fined up to S$5,000 (RM11,390) per species and jailed for up to one year. Anyone caught displaying the animals without an AVA permit also faces a fine of the same amount. - The Straits Times/ANN
A young couple was at the pet shop too, looking at the hamsters, and discussing how to transport the new pets back home. The shop owner asked where they are bringing the pets to. They replied "Singapore", the shop owner then told them bluntly, "can't cross customs with these, the star tortoises still can, just hide them in your pocket."
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. -Albert Einstein