SIGHTED this tiny turtle hatchling earlier this month on the shareduse path between Neil Hawkins Park and Picnic Cove in Yellagonga Regional Park.
This sighting is particularly early for this time of year. It is more usual to sight hatchlings in the months of June, July and August when cold fronts bring much-needed rainfall to our local wetlands.
Hatchlings are eaten by foxes, dogs, cats and ravens, so a helping hand in placing them into the lake, as happened with this little one, will assist in the survival of this protected local species.
These endemic freshwater turtle (Chelodina colliei) nests and adults are being severely predated by foxes through the entire 1400ha of Yellagonga Regional Park.
The pictured turtle eggs and carcass were collected in a small area around the fringes of Banyandah Park in Wanneroo, part of Yellagonga Regional Park.
The Department of Parks and Wildlife has a fox trapping program in place in an effort to control fox numbers.