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Second chance for the striped legless lizard

Published 14 Oct 2015 

Second chance for the striped legless lizard

With 1 in 15 reptiles in Australia now at risk of extinction, we've embarked on a new project to translocate and reintroduce the Striped Legless Lizard (Delma impar) to Scottsdale Reserve (NSW) in an effort to rescue the nationally threatened reptile from two development sites in northern Canberra.

Canberra is a stronghold of the Striped Legless Lizard, which is classified as threatened under Commonwealth environmental law. It's highly susceptible to intensive agricultural activity and has undergone a dramatic decline, as 99% of its grassland habitat in southeastern Australia has been lost or modified over the past 200 years.

Volunteers will collect up to 200 lizards in weekly visits to development sites in Gungahlin and north of Exhibition Park over the next two months before the lizards’ habitat is disturbed. After each collection, the reptiles will be transported immediately to Scottsdale Reserve and released into purpose-built fenced enclosures.

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