Prior to this discovery, the Eared Worm-lizard’s range was believed to be exclusive to the Mallee region in north-west Victoria, where it is highly restricted, contributing to a threatened listing in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. However, there are now three known locations where the Eared Worm-lizard has been found in South Australia and we are fortunate that one has been regularly surveyed by ForestrySA in recent times.
To the right is an Eared Worm-lizard found at Malones Native Forest Reserve. The Eared Worm-lizard is distinguishable from a plainly marked Striped Worm-lizard by its ear flap and dark marks on each scale forming lines towards the tail (Wilson and Swan, 2003). Individuals in Victorian populations generally grow to around 110mm (Wilson and Swan, 2003).
Nature Glenelg Trust, with the help of land managers, the wider community and grant funding generously provided by Nature Foundation SA , are hoping to establish a more comprehensive understanding of this species’ distribution and preferred habitat type in the South East. The sites that will be investigated as potential habitat for this species are located across private land, Forestry SA conservation areas and Reserves managed by National Parks and Wildlife SA (DEWNR). Many thanks to these land managers for sharing their time and expertise with us for this project, and providing us with access for the upcoming survey.
Nature Glenelg Trust also extends a big welcome to Alix Baltais, who is undertaking her University work placement with NGT until the end of the year. Alix is from the University of Queensland and already has a diversity of experience in the environmental field. Alix will be managing the Eared Worm-lizard project, including the field research, data collation, data analaysis and writing up the results towards the end of 2012. This is a big boost to this exciting new project!
If you’d like to find out more about this project or get involved with the search please get in contact with us! You can email Alix Baltais or Cath Dickson.
Special thanks to Nature Foundation SA for making this project possible.
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- Two new populations of Eared Worm-lizard discovered! April 18, 2019
- An update on the ongoing monitoring of the Eared Worm-Lizard (Aprasia aurita) February 4, 2019
- Lizards and seeds and mushrooms, oh my! – Lu-Wei’s big year with NGT December 18, 2018
- Roofing tiles are working a treat for finding rare reptiles November 27, 2016
- Our very own eared worm lizard makes a guest appearance in Ireland… April 25, 2015
- New populations found of the cryptic Eared Worm-lizard November 13, 2013
- On the hunt again for a cryptic local reptile… April 10, 2013
- A new population of Eared Worm-lizard for the final spring survey round! December 23, 2012
- Farewell, and back to the Sunshine State for Alix… December 17, 2012