Exciting fauna finds in Council’s environmental reserves
  • Friday 30 January 2015
Eastern Tiger Snake_Photographer Mike Donovan

A Tiger snake Notechis scutatus, photographed in the Coochin Creek Riparian Reserve is one of the only known populations for this species on the Sunshine Coast—it was found during the latest round of Environment Levy fauna surveys in Council’s reserves.

The spectacular looking large venomous snake feeds mainly on frogs and can grow up to 1.2m in length and while common in other states, there are only three known populations of Tiger snake in Queensland.

The Environment Levy funded fauna monitoring project is the largest of its kind to be undertaken in environmental reserves and enables Council to make strategic, well informed decisions about how reserves are managed and rehabilitated and to build sufficient fauna records to develop effective long-term monitoring.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said that council is building its knowledge about the environment to better inform its decision making.

“We want to get the balance right. Our reserves provide habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna but they also provide nature based recreational opportunities. Baseline data about what we have living in our reserves allows us to make the right choices for the right areas,” Cr McKay said.

Preliminary fauna data also includes a sighting of a black breasted button Quail Turnix melanogaster listed as vulnerable in Queensland under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.