Docent Informations
What does "docent" mean?
We are a young group. The pioneers started the group in April 1997. Since then, we have grown modestly to 93 docents. The Night Safari Volunteer Rangers were brought under the Docent Programme in March 1999.
The docents are self-run by a committee of docents which co-ordinates inputs from all docents and liaises with the zoo management to put into motion the group's activities.
A docent newsletter is issued every two months so docents can keep up with the latest in zoo happenings and docent activities. Sprinkled with inspiring stories and amusing anecdotes, the Docent Deliberations is always a great read! We also constantly undertake research projects to expand and update our knowledge as well as explore new areas of interest.
Singapore Zoological Gardens Docents





Infraorder Scolecophidia (Blindsnakes)

Superfamily Typholopoidea
Family Anomalepididae (Primitive/Dawn Blindsnakes)
Family Leptotyphlopidea (Thread/Slender/Worm Snakes)
Family Typhlopidae (Blindsnakes)

Infraorder Alethinophidia

Parvorder Henophidia

Family Aniliidae (False coralsnake)

Family Anomochilidae
Family Cylindrophiidae
Family Uropeltidae (Short-/Shield-Tail Snakes)

Family Xenopeltidae
(Sunbeam Snake)

Parvorder Caenophidia

Family Acrochordidae
(Filesnakes or Wartsnakes)
Acrochordus javanicus (Elephant’s Trunk Snake)

Family Atractaspididae
Subfamily Atractaspididae (Stilleto/Mole/Burrowing Viper)

Superfamily Booids (Pythons and Boas)

Family Boidae (Boids)
Subfamily Boinae (Boas)
Boa Constrictor (Boa Constrictor)
Eunectes murinus (Green Anaconda)
Subfamily Erycinae (Sand Boas)

Family Bolyeridae (Round Island/Mascarene Boas)

Family Loxocemidae (Burrowing/New World (Mexican)/Dwarf Python)
P. reticulatus (Recticulated Python)
P. curtus (Blood/Short Python)
P. molurus (Indian Rock Python)
P. molurus bivittatus (Burmese Rock Python)
P. regius (Royal/Ball pythons)
Chondrophython viridis (New Guinea/Green Tree Python)

Family Tropidophiidae (Dwarf Boas, Protocolubrids, Woodsnakes, Forest Boas)

Superfamily Colubroids:


Family Colubridae (Colubrids)
Subfamily Colubriane (Colubrine Snakes)
Ahaetulla prasina (Oriental Whip Snake)
Ahaetulla nasuta (Long-nosed Whip Snake)
Dryophiops rubescens (Keel-bellied Whip Snake)
Boiga dendrophila (Mangrove Cat Snake)
Boiga cynodon (Dog-toothed Cat Snake)
Dasypletis sacbra (African Egg-eating Snake)
Elaphe guttata guttata (Corn Snake)
Elaphe obsoleta lindheimer (Leucistic (Texas) Rat Snake)
Lampropeltis getulus (Common King Snake)
Lampropeltis getulus floridana (Florida King Snake)
Heterodon nasicus (Western Hognose Snake)

Subfamily Lamprohiinae (Lamprohines)
Kukri Snakes (Oligodon)
Slugsnakes (Pareas)

Subfamily Homalopsinae (Rear Fanged Water Snakes):
Erpeton tentaculatus (Tentacled Snake) (see Colubrids)
Homalopsis buccata (Puff-faced Water Snake) (see Colubrids)

Subfamily Natricinae (Water/Keel-back/Grass Snakes)
Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) (see Colubrids)

Subfamily Xenodontinae (Xenodontines)

Family Elapidae (Elapids)
Ophiophagus hannah (King Cobra)
Naja naja sputatrix (Black Spitting Cobra)
Naja naja kaouthia (Monocled Cobra)

Family Viperidae (Vipers)
Subfamily Azemiopinae (Fea’s Viper)

Subfamily Crotalinae (Pit Vipers):
Trimeresurus purpureomaculatus (Mangrove/Shore Pitviper)
Crotalus adamanteus (Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake)

Subfamily Viperinae (True/Old World Vipers)

More about snakes

- What are snakes?
- Are snakes cold?
- Why are snakes long?

- What do snakes eat? Do they drink?
- How do snakes swallow?
- How do snakes hunt?
- Why and how do snakes kill?


Snake predators and how do snakes protect themselves?
Snake mating, eggs and babies


Where are snakes found?
Fascinating snake adaptations to various habitats

Snake bites and first aid

Snakes in danger: role and conservation and snakes in human culture

Snake records: biggest, smallest, deadliest and more


- More snakes
- More animals
- General snake links and references

Further informations in german can be found here!

Further Links
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