Residents can play a part in protecting our natural habitat, open spaces and native wildlife by reporting sightings of non-native animals that cause significant problems in the wild.
Non-native animals such as exotic birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians or mammals can cause significant problems if deliberately or accidentally released into the wild.
They can threaten native plants and animals, spread disease, affect human health, and impact on agriculture.
Red-eared slider turtles were trapped and removed from Bicentennial ponds a few years ago and there were confirmed sightings of corn snakes in the area.
The importation, keeping, breeding and trade of these species is illegal in all states and territories.
Red-eared slider turtles
Red-eared slider turtles breed rapidly and carry exotic diseases. They compete with native turtles and other wildlife for food, nesting and basking sites, and eat threatened plants and animals. They could become major pests in urban waterways and wetlands.
Corn snakes are occasionally kept illegally as pets. They have the ability to carry serious exotic diseases affecting humans, pets, livestock and native wildlife. They pose a risk to Australia's agricultural industry, the environment and human health. They are major concern to Australia's biosecurity and complete eradication could be impossible if they established in the wild.
If you suspect you may have seen either of these species in your local area, please report the sighting immediately.
Your report can help local experts to protect our environment, people, human health and agricultural industries.
Reporting Non-native Animals