Pests threaten Queensland's native animals

Queensland’s native animals are at risk from unknowing residents trying to exterminate backyard ‘pests’.

Matthew Osley, a wildlife keeper at Cool Companions, the education branch of the Dreamtime Wildlife Sanctuary, said Queenslanders often tried to rid their yards of harmless animals.

“A lot of people think that the backyard creatures are kind of annoying, but weve got snakes that keep rodents down in the backyards and we’ve got lizards that keep bugs down,” he said.

“We’re just trying to tell people, if they’re in the backyard, leave them in the backyard, they’re doing a good thing [and] they’ll help you out.”

Mr Osley said snakes were especially at risk of harm from scared suburbanites.

“There is a big misconception out there, a lot of people see a snake and say `the only good snake’s a dead snake’,” he said.

“We’re kind of trying to promote a change around so people do leave these animals alone [and] respect them.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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