Reptiles at risk as summer approaches

Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre volunteer volunteer Julie Chapman with a bobtail lizard. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d409550
Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre volunteer volunteer Julie Chapman with a bobtail lizard. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d409550

The most recent had superficial injuries but some have had had legs, jaws and tails severed in incidents..

Owner Mieke Gaikhorst said after winter hibernation, reptiles were stirring in gardens and on roads.

‘People head out in spring to trim their lawns after letting them grow over winter and they run into the reptiles,’ she said.

‘Take a bit more care with mowing and whipper-snippers ” do a lap on foot first.’

A reader rang the Comment News to say a dugite had killed her pet dog, and reptile supervisor Kristy Gaikhorst said the centre was also seeing more reptiles run over or attacked by pets.

She urged residents to look out for native wildlife and stop their pets attacking bobtails, monitors, skinks and snakes by securing their backyard fences.

‘Wildlife doesn’t understand that it’s not supposed to go in there,’ she said.

Armadale Reptile and Wildlife Centre takes in injured fauna, and covers treatment and rehabilitation

It receives no government or outside funding, relying on entry fees and donations. To donate in person, via bank transfer or mail, call 9399 6927.