READER’S PIC­TURE

Joondalup Times - - OPINION - GARY TATE, Green­wood

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.

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