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Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Singapore

Geography

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Singapore is a small island nation at the very southern tip of the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Singapore has no land borders, but does sit within sight of nearby Malaysia to its north.

Singapore primarily consists of low-lying islands that were once just swamps. In the country's interior there are a number of hills, but nothing too substantial.

Weather

Although the lands around Singapore are greatly affected by the dry and wet monsoons, Singapore isn't affected much as it tends to be hot, humid, and rainy in Singapore year round. Average nightly lows are about 72° F (22° C) and daily average highs are about 90° F (32° C). Although the monsoon has a limited effect on Singapore, they do bring the rain and wind; what is more noticeable than the monsoon is when the monsoons are absent and the winds and rains slow. These times are from about April to May and then again from October to November.

Wildlife

Despite its small size and massive urbanization, Singapore is still home to a number of animals, mostly migrating birds, but also a fair number of reptiles and small mammals. Most of the mammals in the country are bat species, along with a few primates. The sea life is more impressive as the tiny island nation is surrounded by waters containing tuna, mackerel, squid, shrimp, lobster, oysters, and crab.

The bird life is where Singapore shines, however about half of the birds present are migratory and can only be seen during certain times of the year. Among the birds, most are water fowls; some birds include the kingfisher, heron, pigeon, doves, and eagles. Among the reptiles and amphibians present, most are snakes and frogs, although there are sea turtles off the shores and lizards are also present.

This page was last updated: November, 2013