Wildlife

Snakes

Snakes are generally travelling through areas or gardens in the warmer months, if you see a snake assume it is dangerous, keep a close eye on where it goes and keep animals and people away from it. To capture, own and relocate snakes you must be licensed by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC).

If you see a snake on your property, you can contact the City during office hours. For safety measures we can only attend if at least two Ranger officers are on duty. If the Rangers are unavailable, both Wildcare and Don Howe are available 24 hours a day.

Ravens

From time to time the City of Nedlands receives complaints that Australian Ravens are causing a nuisance either in terms of noise or spreading of rubbish. Australian Ravens are a native species and are wholly protected under the Wildlife Protection Act. The City of Nedlands voted at its meeting on 10 June 2008 to implement a management program to help reduce the nuisance Australian Ravens cause residents. Research indicated that the issue was a direct result of access to food through littering and inadequately secured refuse.

What Can You Do To Help?

  • Don't feed native animals or birds or allow excess food to accumulate;
  • Clear away food scraps and excess pet food;
  • Dispose of fruit which has fallen from fruit trees;
  • Cover compost heaps, or use a compost bin;
  • Properly secure chicken pens and ensure they are in good condition;
  • Deny Australian Ravens access to sheds and rubbish bins;
  • Do not overfill your rubbish bin; and
  • Make sure your bin is properly secured.

Possums

Dealing with Possums on Your Property
The information contained within is to be used as a guide only

Ringtail and Brushtail possums are the most commonly found possum species in Perth Western Australia. They have adapted well to living in cities and often occupy urban gardens and roof spaces. Possums are usually wary of humans and generally pose no direct threat. The following fact sheet provides some guidance regarding possums and your property.

Is it a Possum or a Rat in your roof?
In many cases possums are wrongly accused for being the occupants of roof spaces, when the culprits are in fact rats. The following information may help you determine whether your intruder is a possum or a rat.

Noise
Possums are territorial animals and will often make loud throaty or squeal calls to warn of invaders. Possums weigh up to five kilograms and will make a large thumping noise as they walk around on your roof. Rats will often scurry and the noise will be much quieter.

Droppings
If the roof space is easily accessible, observations of droppings may help to identify your pest. As shown in the below diagram, rat and mouse droppings are significantly smaller than that of a possum. Rat droppings are usually around 1.5cm by 0.5cm where as possums are around 2cm by 1cm.

How do I remove a Possum from my roof?
•    Possums are protected under state and commonwealth laws and trapping can only be carried out by licensed trappers.
The following companies are approved by the Department of Environment and Conservation
I.    Allpest WA (Welshpool) - 9416 0223
II.    Eco-Tec Pest Management (Cloverdale)- 9479 7576
III.    Western Pest Management (Hamilton Hill) – 9494 1055

24hr Wildlife Catchers Wildcare
9474 9055

Don Howe
(Local Reptile Catcher)
0428 848 363

 

Related Links:

Department of Environment and Conservation

 

Documents 
Environmental Health Information Sheet - Possums - DEC

Documents

Environmental Health Information Sheet - Possums - DEC