Reptiles studied to see scale of impact

Urban ecologist and PhD candidate Ashleigh Wolfe is studying the impact of urbanisation on reptiles. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d424874
Urban ecologist and PhD candidate Ashleigh Wolfe is studying the impact of urbanisation on reptiles. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d424874

Curtin University PhD candidate Ashleigh Wolfe plans to delve into the diet, movements and behaviour of local reptiles, including snakes and lizards, and compare that to their more rural cousins.

The Nollamara resident said her main areas of focus would be Cockburn’s Beeliar Regional Park and the City of Stirling’s Trigg Beach Reserve, Herdsman Lake and Star Swamp Reserve.

‘People are really interested in the research because they can all relate to it in some way,’ she said.

‘People tell me they’ve seen a snake at the park, in their back yard or are just worried for the safety of their pets, so they’re keen to find out more too. There’s so much to research.’

Ms Wolfe expects the project to be completed by mid-2017, at a cost of about $60,000. Most of that will be spent on the GPS tracking devices.

To help fund the research she’s set up a crowd-funding page.

To learn more visit Ashleigh’s Perth’s urban reptile ecology Facebook page.