Simon Corbell just announced that a recent survey has uncovered a large population of adorable legless lizards in three of Gungahlin’s nature reserves.
The striped legless lizard is a vulnerable species so the discovery of such a large amount of the little guys is good news indeed.
“In terms of size of habitat and number of lizards supported, all three Gungahlin reserves are amongst the top five reserved habitats in Australia.
“In the 1990’s, the ACT Government made the decision to move the Gungahlin Town Centre away from key habitat and reserved over five square kilometres of grassland to protect the striped legless lizard.
“It is gratifying that nearly 20 years on, the Crace, Mulanggari and Gungaderra reserves each support thousands of lizards, one of the largest and highest density populations ever recorded.
“This report highlights the ACT Government’s commitment to strategic land management, conservation and planning foresight,” Mr Corbell said.
The striped legless lizard is now only found in the ACT and in seven sites in New South Wales, two in South Australia and around 70 in Victoria. Most sites are small and isolated and support relatively few lizards.