Media Releases 2018

Posted on 09/11/2018 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Living with Wildlife

The days are getting longer, the weather is changing, and the island is starting to come alive with all the activity that spring brings with it. There is plenty of action within our local wildlife community, and living with such a diverse range of wild species, we can all make ourselves aware of what to expect, and how to help.

Echidnas

At this time of year we sometimes start seeing echidnas roaming a little more widely, and
they can appear in our backyards and even on the roads, and there are plenty of ways we
can help.

  • If you see an echidna in your backyard, keep your pets inside and leave it alone so it has space and time to move on when it’s ready.
  • Give way to echidnas crossing the road as they have large territories, and they may have puggles (young) stashed somewhere nearby.

Remember, unless an echidna is injured it’s unnecessary, and in fact illegal, to move it from its surroundings.

Possums

A Brushtail possum’s preferred location for a den is in the hollow of a tree, but in urban areas they will often inhabit roofs where gaps allow access. Research has shown that relocated possums do not cope in new environments and usually die within a few days of release. Often, removing a possum from your property will only make room for another one to move in, so try one of the below to help the possum and yourself:

  • Securely attach a possum box high in a tree
  • Block up all holes in your roof after you see the possums leave the roof space, usually just after dusk, to stop them regaining access
  • Call the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) for further information on 136 186
Snakes

Snakes love nothing more than basking in a bit of sun at this time of year, and it’s possible they may choose your backyard to warm themselves. If you do come across a snake, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Stay calm, and do not attempt to capture or move the snake
  • Move yourself, anyone with you and also your pets away, keeping your pets inside until the snake has moved on
  • Call a qualified snake handler if required, or call the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) for further information on 136 186
  • Clean up around the house and cut lawns regularly as snakes are attracted to shelter such as piles of rocks and timber, sheets of metal, or building materials

For more information, or if you find injured wildlife, you can call Phillip Island Nature Parks on 5951 2800 or Wildlife Victoria on 8400 7300.


Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick – Communications Executive
Tel: +613 5951 2825 Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au