You can find the turtle in:
- slow-moving creeks and rivers
- Willsmere-Chandler Park
- Koonung Creek Reserve.
Their neck is almost equal in length to their body. They move slowly and travel on land in the warmer months after rain. The turtle turns its head sideways and withdraws into its shell to avoid predators.
Eastern long-necked turtles are threatened by:
- changes in water levels (for example, as a result of drought)
- predators such as foxes, rakali (indigenous rodents) and ravens.
Scientific name: Christinus marmoratus
The Marbled gecko is a small, soft-bellied lizard that grows up to 70mm long.
They have large finger and toe pads, which spread out to grasp slippery or soft surfaces.
You can find marbled geckos:
- in woodpiles, fallen timber or logs during the day
- around external lights, feeding on insects at night.
They eat anything small enough to fit in their mouth.
How to protect the marbled gecko
To help protect them, you can:
- avoid using chemical sprays and insecticides
- keep cats in at night.
You can find the frog in:
- flooded grasslands or marshes
- trees, shrubs, and rock or log crevices
- under pot plants and woodpiles
- gardens in suburban Melbourne.
They are agile climbers and jumpers and eat insects.
The adults have pale fawn, cream, orange or light brown sides.
The males make a 'creeee creee creee cree cree' call.
You can find striped marsh frogs in:
- wetland reeds and rushes in rainforests
- open woodlands
- urban wetlands.
- Glass Creek in Hays Paddock
- Willsmere Billabong
- Back Creek in Camberwell.
They eat insects and smaller animals, including other frogs.
This frog reproduces from August to March. The male frogs have a 'tock-' or 'poc'-like call.
These frogs are threatened by:
- predators, like cats and foxes
- pollution in waterways.
You can help by:
- keeping cats in at night
- not polluting streets and waterways
- adding a shallow pond with gently sloping banks to your garden
- adding logs, rocks, leaf litter and shrubs to your garden for shade and protection
- avoiding chemical sprays and insecticides
- letting the frog move into your garden naturally.