Mammals of Singapore

In Singapore, there are over 60 different kinds of mammals, most of which are fairly small. There are numerous types of bats and squirrels. The Long-tailed Macaque and the Plantain Squirrel are the two animals that are most frequently seen in Singapore, and the wild pig is the largest terrestrial mammal. On offshore islands like Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong, wild pigs are a common sight. The largest mammals in Singapore, aside from wild pigs, are found in the sea rather than on land. Along the shores, you can find populations of dugongs, finless porpoises, and dolphins such the bottle-nosed, Indo-Pacific humpbacked, and Irrawaddy dolphins.

Most Common Types of Mammals

In the region's woodlands, Singapore is home to a wide variety of tiny mammals that are vital seed dispersers. With many species feeding on insects and other invertebrates while also being preyed upon by larger predators, they are also an important link in the food chain. The rodents, which include squirrels, murids (rats, mice, etc.), and porcupines, are by far the largest groups.

What are the most typical mammal species that you might expect to see in Singapore?

1. Sunda Pangolin


  • The Sunda Pangolin, also called the Scaly Anteater, feeds on termites and ants by snatching them up with its long, sticky tongue.

  • The Pangolin's body is covered in rows of scales comprised of keratin, the same substance that makes up our hair and nails.

  • It can be found in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

2. Lesser Mousedeer


  • It consumes fruit, fungi, shoots, leaves, and shoots.

  • Malay folklore has included the mousedeer in stories.

  • It is frequently portrayed as a cunning animal that can outwit more hazardous animals.

  • Both Central Catchment Nature Reserve and Bukit Timah Nature Reserve contain it.


3. Leopard Cat



4. Common Palm Civet


  • It has greyish-brown fur with black patches and is sometimes known as the toddy cat.

  • The common palm civet eats worms, fruits, and leaves.

  • It's at Bukit Batok Nature Park, Singapore.


5. Malayan Colugo


  • The skin membrane in between the colugo's limbs acts as a parachute and allows it to glide from tree to tree.

  • It consumes leaves, branches, and flower buds for food.

  • Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, and Bukit Batok Nature Park are all places where you can find it.


6. Long-tailed Macaque


  • The Long-tailed Macaque is also known as the Crabeating Macaque because it has been observed to catch and consume crabs. It typically consumes fruits and flower buds, though.

  • The Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Bukit Batok Nature Park, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, and Pulau Ubin are home to this monkey, which is the most frequently sighted in Singapore.


7. Banded Leaf Monkey


  • There are just 30 known Banded Leaf Monkeys residing at Central Catchment Nature Reserve, and they are highly endangered in Singapore.

  • It eats fresh plants and fruits.

8. Greater Slow Loris

  • The Sunda Slow Loris is another name for the Greater Slow Loris.

  • It has a dark ring around each of its eyes.

  • Keep a safe distance from it because of its poisonous bite.

  • It consumes fruits and small animals for food.

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