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Pink-Tailed worm lizard can breathe easy at Coombs

By johnboy - 2 April 2012 13

We couldn’t make up Canberra if we tried, and if we did no-one would believe us.

Reader’s will no doubt be breaking out the champagne following the news from Andrew Barr that an agreement has been reached with the Conservation Council to preserve the habitat of the Pink-Tailed Worm Lizard in the Molonglo River Corridor:

The agreement ensures almost all of the endangered Pink-Tailed Worm Lizard habitat, as well as more of the Molonglo River Corridor, is now outside the bushfire buffer zone.

In addition, it was also agreed that all stormwater systems within the Coombs development will be directed to a Gross Pollutant Trap and filtration system prior to discharging into the Molonglo River.

The agreement provides that the Government can later seek approval for developing additional house blocks however only after a statutory Plan of Management for the Molonglo River corridor is complete.

I know I’ll sleep easier tonight.

(For those who are wondering, OzAnimals have pictures.

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13 Responses to
Pink-Tailed worm lizard can breathe easy at Coombs
p1 1:53 pm 02 Apr 12

I find the bit about storm water interesting. I would have thought ALL new suburbs would have to send their story water through a GPT? But this makes it sound like that will be special to Coombs?

devils_advocate 1:39 pm 02 Apr 12

zippyzippy said :

devils_advocate said :

I thought lizards had legs. This looks more like a snake. Well a pink worm-like snake.

I think the pink tailed worm lizard actually has back legs but no fore legs. Also, because it only grows up to 14cm, it looks more like a worm. I know this from the handy information sign I saw while walking in one of Canberra’s nature parks. 🙂

Well yes it certainly looks like a worm, as the hands in the photo provide scale.

As for the difference, well bugger me apparently a legless lizard is nothing like a snake.

As mentioned above, lizards have ear openings. Other differences include lizards having eyelids, not being able to detach their jaws, and being able to shed their tails. A lizard also has a more limited range of movement.

Learn something new every day!

zippyzippy 12:29 pm 02 Apr 12

devils_advocate said :

I thought lizards had legs. This looks more like a snake. Well a pink worm-like snake.

I think the pink tailed worm lizard actually has back legs but no fore legs. Also, because it only grows up to 14cm, it looks more like a worm. I know this from the handy information sign I saw while walking in one of Canberra’s nature parks. 🙂

switch 12:15 pm 02 Apr 12

devils_advocate said :

I thought lizards had legs. This looks more like a snake. Well a pink worm-like snake.

The difference is that lizards have ears and snakes don’t.

pajs 12:11 pm 02 Apr 12

Good on them. It’d be a pretty sad situation if we weren’t smart enough as a species to maintain the habitats other species need to survive.

Grrrr 12:07 pm 02 Apr 12

CitizenK said :

WTF – does someone make these rare and endangered animals up?
I’d bet my bottom dollar that if such a creature truly did exist that it would NOT only live in the fields that would be Coombs.

So let’s get this right: The existence of a creature that is defined as not only rare but endangered suprises you?

Despite photographic evidence of it’s existence, you’re further suprised that a creature near extinction habituates only in a small area which – strangely enough – hasn’t been developed?

If only having your ignorance shattered resulted in amazement rather than annoyance!

Thoroughly Smashed 11:56 am 02 Apr 12

devils_advocate said :

I thought lizards had legs.

The ones with legs do.

devils_advocate 11:36 am 02 Apr 12

I thought lizards had legs. This looks more like a snake. Well a pink worm-like snake.

NoAddedMSG 11:32 am 02 Apr 12

I would keep those in some sort of terrarium if it was legal. They are very cute.

Merle 11:22 am 02 Apr 12

Well I really am glad, no sarcasm.

chewy14 11:19 am 02 Apr 12

And people wonder why new housing developments are so slow to get built and so expensive.

poetix 10:59 am 02 Apr 12

I am really pleased that this amazing little thing will (hopefully) not be lost. It’s quite beautiful. I hope these measures go far enough in protecting it, that’s all.

CitizenK 10:43 am 02 Apr 12

I agree with your sentiments JB.
WTF – does someone make these rare and endangered animals up?
I’d bet my bottom dollar that if such a creature truly did exist that it would NOT only live in the fields that would be Coombs.
Sheez

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