Rockingham drivers urged to be vigilant and on the look out for bobtails as weather warms up


A bobtail lizard.
A bobtail lizard.

WITH the warmer weather our reptilian friends are in their element and looking to soak up the sun.

Unfortunately their ideal tanning locations are roads, which are not the safest place to get a tan.

City of Rockingham is urging residents to be aware as they are also crossing roads in search of food and water.

Local drivers are being asked to be vigilant on the roads and Mayor Barry Sammels said being slow-moving, bobtail lizards were at risk of being run over.

“Bobtails are pretty slow-moving and with the weather heating up now, they enjoy sleeping on warm roads, which puts them at risk of being injured or killed by passing cars,” he said.

“Drivers can help protect our native skinks by being vigilant while driving on local roads.

“If you see a sick or injured bobtail please contact the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions – Wildcare Helpline on: 9474 9055.”

The Wildcare Helpline provides a service for the public who find sick or injured native wildlife and are seeking advice on where to find care for the animal.

For more visit https://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/about-us/contact-us/wildcare-helpline.

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