‘Bright future’ for rare lizard
Posted by Miqe on January 10, 2008
The Department of Environment and Conservation says it has gone a long way towards ensuring the future of a rare lizard.
The Lancelin Island skink was only found on Lancelin Island until 2003, when the department moved 95 of the reptiles to Favorite Island in Jurien Bay.
The Department’s Renee Hartley, says there now appears to be more than 500 lizards at their new home.
She says the initiative has ensured a brighter future for the species.
“It’s almost like a backup if you like, if anything was to happen to the original population they’ve always got this population here,” she said.
“Their numbers have almost doubled I’d say, in terms of individuals in existence.”
Ms Hartley says tracking shows the species has been breeding at its new home.
“A capture of 12 skinks may actually indicate something like almost 500 skinks on the island,” she said.
“Over two years, 133 Lancelin Island skinks were released, and we’ve now got about 500 on the island, we think,” she said.