Unexpected Encounters: Killer Wildlife in Singapore Botanic Gardens

Unexpected Encounters: Killer Wildlife in Singapore Botanic Gardens

I needed a chill out day after two full days of touristing through Singapore. I thought I’d head over to the Botanic Gardens in Singapore to relax with some greenery. I arrived at the gate of the garden. I walked a bit. It was serene. There were butterflies fluttering around my head. The birds were singing, along with a couple of hippies that had a guitar. It was more serene than I ever imagined a botanical garden could get. But then it turned bad. And dangerous.


About half way through the garden, I basically turned into Steve Irwin after spotting a massive killer lizard. By “I turned into Steve Irwin”, I meant that I bent down and snapped some pictures. No way was I going to touch that thing.


Okay, he isn’t a killer lizard. It’s a monitor lizard. Harmless. He looks pretty serene, right?

I would be lying if I said I didn’t automatically assume that he was a hunter. He looks a bit scary. I looked up monitor lizards when I got home and apparently they are carnivorous. Not necessarily for humans, though. He mainly eats turtle eggs.


I also had some nice, serene moments before (and after, shockingly) this near death experience. I experienced total relaxation in a foliage garden. You really haven’t experienced life until you’ve been in a foliage garden. You can see the relaxation and pure bliss in my face below.


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I was feeling so giddy and full of sunshine and nature that I decided at this point that it would only be fitting to hug a tree.


I believe this tree hugging experience really brought everything together. I think if you visit a botanical garden, you really can’t leave without hugging a tree. It was just the cherry on top of a wonderful, garden filled day. Here is me walking out of the garden, alive and mostly well (in case you wanted proof).




  1. August 1, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Great post. I’ve visited the botanic gardens a few years ago. Loved it there 🙂

  2. August 2, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    Loved all the tips 🙂 thank you Amanda

  3. August 3, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    Beautiful garden. I got your postcard 2 days ago. Keep living your dream. Love, PaPa

  4. May 14, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    I visited Dubai and Singapore last month. I liked Singapore cuz weather was perfect. Dubai is very hot compare to Singapore

  5. September 13, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    This country looks fantastic, we diffidently add to our wish list.

  6. August 31, 2019 / 2:59 pm

    Hi Amanda

    Thanks for sharing, hope you’re doing great and enjoying your solo trips. Singapore looks great and a must to visit.


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