Whilst the City of Kalamunda does not directly deal with wildlife issues, we do promote the protection and care of native animals in our environment. On this page you will find information relating to the most common issues our Rangers come across within
This information has been provided by the Department of
Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions and additional information can be obtained by calling the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions on (08) 9219 9000 or by visiting their website.
Find out more about Living with wildlife from Parks and Wildlife Services
Reptiles inhabit every
environment in Australia. Common reptiles found in Western Australian backyards include tiger snakes, dugites, mulga snakes, carpet pythons, skinks, goannas (monitors), blue tongues and bobtails.
BehaviourReptiles are cold-blooded, so they rely on the environment to warm up and cool down. As the temperature rises, particularly during early spring in the southwest, reptiles begin to move around more and so the number of sightings
and encounters with reptiles also increases. They may also be seen in the winter basking in the sun to warm up or hiding in other warm spots. In hot weather, reptiles may also be active at night. Reptiles are normally secretive and timid animals,
and generally will only attack when threatened or surprised.
Environmental LawAll fauna native to Australia are afforded protection under both State and Commonwealth legislation.
Find out more information from the Parks & Wildlife Services website
The Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula) and Western Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) occur in forests and woodlands, where they mostly nest in tree hollows.
They have adapted to living in areas populated by humans, where they can cause damage in the form of noise, fouling and damage to backyard food crops and ornamental gardens.
Possums can be excluded from buildings by blocking entry points, after they leave at dusk, and by modifying the surrounding habitat. Repellents may be effective in some circumstances.
Environmental LawAll fauna native to Australia, including fauna that naturally migrates to Australia, are afforded protection under both
State and Commonwealth legislation. Under both State and Commonwealth legislation, the western ringtail possum
Pseudocheirus occidentalis is recognised as Threatened fauna and is listed as Critically Endangered under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.
Quenda (Isoodon fusciventer) have a long, pointed nose and short, rounded ears. Their fur is short and coarse and is a dark grey or yellow brown with a creamy-white
belly. Their tails have dark brown fur.
Quenda are a type of bandicoot, which are small marsupials that live on the ground. They are often mistaken for rats in Perth but they are generally bigger and fatter with shorter tails. Quenda are most often seen at dusk because they are mostly nocturnal
animals, but they can also be active during the day, especially in winter.
Have you seen a quenda?
Please let us know us if you have seen a quenda by sending a fauna report form (on the Department’s website www.dbca.wa.gov.au) to email@example.com.
The Australian Magpie is a widespread, conspicuous bird that is found in bushland and is common in farmland, towns and urban areas. During the breeding season, Magpies defend their nest from potential predators, which results in swooping of
humans by a small proportion of birds.
Environmental LawAll fauna native to Australia, including fauna that naturally migrates to Australia, are afforded protection under both State and Commonwealth legislation. Depending on the type of fauna-related activity, a licence
issued by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions may be required. It is an offence to intentionally or recklessly kill, injure, trade, keep or move them unless authorised by a permit.
Find out more information from the Department of Parks & Wildlife website
The Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus), is one of four large kangaroos and wallaroos that occur in Western Australia. The species is distributed across the southern part of the Australian mainland.
Western grey kangaroos are large marsupials that are 97-223
centimetres from head to tail and three to 70 kilograms in weight
(females weigh up to 34 kilograms). Although called grey kangaroos,
they are light grey-brown to chocolate in colour with paler undersides. Western grey kangaroos sometimes have white marks on
the forehead and, unlike other kangaroos, the muzzle is finely haired.
Males have a strong, characteristic odour and well-muscled
shoulders and forearms.
If you find a snake in a garden or a house, keep pets and people well clear and ensure you keep an eye on snake's location.
Contact the Wildcare helpline on (08) 9474 9055 for information on safety and reptile behaviour. Wildcare helpline no longer provide reptile removal or relocation services information. It is recommended to seek removal or relocation services from a pest control service or search online for a snake removal service near you. Alternatively you can contact the reptile removers below:
Please be aware snake removal services are not free.
Do NOT attempt to kill the snake, this often results in people being bitten and is Illegal.
If you find sick, injured, orphaned or displaced wildlife, you may contact either Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, or the Wildcare helpline.
Located: 120 Gilchrist Road, Lesmurdie.
Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the protection and welfare of native wildlife. The organisation is run entirely by local community volunteers,
with the support of local businesses.
If you find a sick or injured native animal you can contact Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. Hospital admissions are between 8.00am-8.00pm.
Telephone: (08) 9291 3900
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: https://kanyanawildlife.org.au
The Wildcare Helpline is a 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week telephone referral service. The helpline is operated by volunteers on behalf of the
Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, and based at the department’s Kensington headquarters.
The Helpline provides a service for the public who find sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife and are seeking advice on where to find care for the animal.
If you've found injured wildlife, call the 24 Hour Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055.
The wildlife volunteers answering your call will be able to put you in touch with your nearest registered wildlife rehabilitator, wherever you are in Western Australia.
The WILDCARE Helpline CAN:
For further information, or to report a cane toad sighting, please contact the Cane Toad Hotline 1800 44 WILD (1800 449 453).
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