Tony Bright and Dr Scott Burnett U.S.C, both with excellent local knowledge, facilitated the relocation of the skinks to help minimise the impact on resident wildlife and improve their chance of survival whilst the works on the new covered walkway, from the parking area to Maple Street are being completed.
Rocks were hand removed and the skinks captured by licensed spotter catchers and relocated to gardens elsewhere in the Maleny Credit Union and the creek on the other side of the car park in Willow Lane.
Soon as the covered walkway is completed and the gardens reinstated we look forward to the skinks return and re-colonisation.
Eastern Water Skinks are an example of a species that has benefited from man-made habitats along with water dragons and carpet pythons. They have adapted well to suburbia and its environs.
Tony & Scott also wanted everyone to be aware that many public areas and backyards in Maleny town area harbor a large number of native wildlife, many of them “listed”. “Listed” meaning: endangered, rare or vulnerable.
Caring for our natural neighbours the Eastern Water Skinks by Maleny Supa IGA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at http://www.malenyiga.com.au.