Oblong turtles on the move in City of Bayswater


An oblong turtle found by Bayswater officers.
Oblong turtles on the move in City of Bayswater
An oblong turtle found by Bayswater officers.

OBLONG turtles are on the move in the City of Bayswater, with City officers urging people to take care if they come across one.

The creatures lay eggs on dry land, mainly around Gobba Lake and Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary, and the hatchlings make their way to the closest water.

City senior environmental field officer Yolanda Rhemrer said while most of the turtles had finished hatching for the season, there were still lots of sightings.

“They are very active this time of year – two weeks ago walking across the road at Gobba, we saw four turtles heading back to the lakes; I don’t know if they had been nesting,” she said.

“You can always see them at Gobba – they sunbake on a log in the water.”

Ms Rhemrer urged drivers to keep an eye out when driving in those areas and to call the Turtle Oblonga Rescue and Rehabilitation Network if an injured turtle was found.

Turtles should not be picked up unless they are injured or in danger from predators such as cars, foxes, dogs, cats, ravens and kookaburras.

Ms Rhemrer said the second spring at the restored bird sanctuary had meant plants had grown, providing nesting areas for birds and turtles.

“It’s amazing how the plants have grown in a year, all the birds that come, they have a lot of protection there – mostly purple swamp hens,” she said.

“Little dotterels nest in the mulch… it’s very camouflaged and carries its babies under its wings with its feet sticking out – it’s absolutely adorable.”

If you find an injured turtle, call the TORRN on 0414 476 867.