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Frequently Asked Questions

Q What do I do if I hit a native animal on the road?

A Pull over safely to the side of the road. Approach the animal cautiously, especially if it is a reptile. An injured animal is scared and in pain and may react by attempting to bite or injure you. If the animal is dead, try to drag it as far of the road as possible. If it is alive try to divert the traffic around it, DO NOT put yourself in any danger doing this. If you can pick up or move the animal without any further danger to it or you, place in a blanket or towel or something that can keep it warm and quiet with its head covered. Contact Wildcare or the nearest wildlife carers group.

Q I've found an injured or baby bird. What should I do with it?

A Place the bird carefully in a box or washing basket with something soft and warm to be wrapped in or underneath it. Keep it in a quiet and dark place in the house until a carer can get to you. Do not attempt to feed or give any fluids.

Q We often get snakes in the yard. What should I do about them?

A Lock up all pets as far away as possible from the area that the snake is in. DO NOT attempt to catch or kill the snake yourself. This is a surefire way to get bitten. Contact Wildcare and try to observe the snake from a distance to know where it has gone for when help arrives. If you continually find snakes in your yard it is a sign that there is a suitable habitat there for them. Clean up piles of wood, junk or tin and stack your firewood pile off the ground. Keep grass short and edges around fences trimmed.

Q We have had blue tongue lizards in our yard. Are they dangerous?

A These are good to have in your yard. They help to keep the pests down that live in your garden. Try to keep any dogs or cats away from them and if that's not possible and you're concerned, contact Wildcare to have it removed. Remember that using snail bait will also poison blue tongue lizards if they eat poisoned snails.

Q We have a possum living in our roof? Can we remove him?

A This can be done. First you'll need to know where he is getting in and out. When he emerges for his nightly feed, block the point of entry to the roof so he can't get back in. You may need to erect a possum box in a nearby tree to provide him with an alternative home. Don't use rat baits in the roof. This can cause a slow and painful death for the possum.

If you have any questions regarding wildlife please feel free to call Wildcare on 02 6299-1966 or email and we will attempt to provide an answer or solution.

Remember that Australian native wildlife is protected and to intentionally kill, injure or keep native wildlife as pets is illegal.

Terry, an eastern long necked turtle
Photo by Karen Guillen

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