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 Terry, an eastern long necked turtle

Terry, an eastern long necked turtle
Photo: Karen Guillen

 

Road accidents

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. 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 off the road as possible.

DO NOT put yourself in any danger doing this.

If you can pick up or move the animal without any danger to it or you, place it in a blanket or towel or something that can keep it warm and quiet with its head covered.

Call Wildcare on 6299-1966 or your nearest wildlife rescue group.

Birds & chicks

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

A: Place the bird carefully in a cardboard box or similar breathable container. Try to use something that is suitable to the size of the bird. Put something soft and warm underneath it to help prevent further injury during transport or while waiting for help. If possible, keep it in a warm, quiet and dark place. Do not attempt to feed or give any fluids.

Call Wildcare on 6299-1966 or your nearest wildlife rescue group.

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Snakes

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

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 help the snake handler catch the snake.

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.

Call Wildcare on 6299-1966 or your nearest wildlife rescue group.

Lizards

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

A: Lizards 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.

Call Wildcare on 6299-1966 or your nearest wildlife rescue group.

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Possums

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

A: You should contact a possum removal service if you have a problem with possums in your roof. You may need to purchase and install a possum box in a nearby tree to provide it with an alternative home.

If you don't seal the entrance where the possums are getting in, others will just take their place.

Don't use rat baits in the roof. This can cause a slow and painful death for the possum.

Call Wildcare on 6299-1966 or your nearest wildlife rescue group.

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Wildlife Rescue app

The IFAW Wildlife Rescue App is joint initiative by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, (IFAW) and the NSW Wildlife Council (NWC). This helpful App identifies the closest licensed wildlife rescue group to where your phone is situated and, at the touch of a button, you will be connected to someone for assistance if you have found a sick, injured or orphaned animal.

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