The Secret Life of Reptiles & Frogs
Frogs are a welcomed sight in any garden. They make a feast of slugs and moths that like to munch on veggie patches and flowers. Did you know that amphibians are known as indicator species? They are extremely sensitive to changes in the environment, and their presence provides information about the health of ecosystems. Frogs come in a vast array of colours and sizes, they are both prey animals and predators, so their existence is a critical link in the food web.
For many of us, reptiles are not so welcome in our environment. After all, 21 of the worlds 25 deadliest snakes are from Australia! Despite this, like frogs, reptiles are a vital species group, acting as predators to many pest insects and rodents, and as prey to native predators like the Kookaburra.
Have you ever heard of the Pink-Tailed Worm-Lizard? This fascinating lizard resembles a worm and is typically about 14cm long. This distinctive reptile has only been recently observed and is only known to inhabit NSW and ACT. Feeding on ant larvae, the lizard lives beneath rocks, sharing the ants’ nests as its burrow. This rarely seen species is highly vulnerable as rocks are often removed or disturbed during agricultural activities, weeds, and they are vulnerable to feral animals.
It may surprise you, but NSW is home to hundreds of unique species of reptiles and frogs. Sadly, many are threatened due to habitat loss, climate change and human activity. The good news is, there are things we can all do to help in our local landscapes.
The presence of reptiles and frogs is a welcomed sign of a healthy ecosystem. The Mudgee Microscope Group is getting curious about them to find out how we can support their population and the environments they call home!
Animals of Oz are treating us with an online workshop all about the reptiles and frogs in the region. Tune in to learn something new about these elusive characters. Don’t miss out on the special guests joining us live!
Meet the Carpet Python, Cunninghams Skink, Blue Tongue Lizard, Short-necked Turtle, Long-necked Turtle and get up close and personal with a Green Tree Frog.
Tune in on 29th July 2021 at 6 PM and meet the experts and special reptile and amphibian guests. This is a free, family-friendly event. Go to the Watershed Landcare Facebook page for more details. We hope to see you there!
We’re here to help, get in touch with Maddison at Maddison@watershedlandcare.com.au – Local Landcare Coordinator if you want to get involved or have any questions.