While it might not be welcome news to some, Logan’s resident snakes are still on the move in winter.
Luckily, Kingston woman Chantelle Derez is on hand to keep a careful eye on their behaviour.
The University of Queensland PhD Candidate is radio tracking nine urban pythons from her base at the Berrinba Wildlife Sanctuary.
She says it was a lifelong passion for the animals that drove her to become a wildlife carer with Reptile Rehabilitation Queensland.
“When pythons had finished their care with us, or couldn’t be returned to where they came from because of their injuries, the question became, how many survive,” Ms Derez said.
“When I looked into the literature it turns out we don’t know how many translocated snakes survive.
“When I looked into further literature, it turns out we don’t even know the habits of our own urban pythons.”
Ms Derez monitors the locations and body temperatures of the pythons via heat-sensitive radio transmitters.
She said evidence of their movements, even during winter, was demonstrating how most knowledge of snakes is informed by those in captivity and may be different to those living in the wild.
She has received two Logan City Council EnviroGrants to support her work over the past two years.
“I wouldn’t be able to do this without the Logan City Council grant. Last year it paid for my transmitters, which are quite expensive,” Ms Derez said.
“They come from Canada, they are made specifically for each study, for each animal… so that’s one of the reasons without that money this project wouldn’t be possible.”
Council’s Environmental Grants Program (EnviroGrants) has been operating for over 20 years, resulting in more than $1.7 million being invested in the city’s natural environment.
The program provides financial support to community groups, individuals, schools, organisations and wildlife carers throughout the City of Logan.
City Planning, Economic Development and Environment Committee Chairperson, Councillor Jon Raven said Council’s EnviroGrants program was invaluable.
“We’re excited to have 39 amazing local projects funded through our EnviroGrants program in 2020,” Cr Raven said.
“We have some truly motivated and passionate people here in Logan, dedicated to promoting and protecting our beautiful local environment.
“Our successful applicants range from Ms Derez’s ground-breaking studies, to those making wildlife rescue kits, to those replanting trees for the benefit of local ecosystems and habitats.
“Their efforts are a vital part of Logan’s environmental future and I’m thrilled this Council is able to provide such meaningful support.”
Ms Derez encourages those who come across carpet pythons in the Logan area to refrain from harming or moving the animals.
To report an injured reptile, contact Reptile Rehabilitation Queensland on 1300 878 903.
|2020 EnviroGrant Recipients|
|Natura Pacific Pty Ltd||Back from the Brink – Greater Glider||$2000|
|Wildcare Australia Inc||Glove Box Buddies – free basic wildlife rescue kits||$2000|
|Wildcare Australia Inc.||Printed educational material to maximise positive outcomes for wildlife||$1471.80|
|Trixie Benbrook||Wildlife Carer of Native Birds||$1500|
|Bats Qld (Flying Foxes & Microbats) Inc.||Educational Workshops and Networking Events for Bat Carers||$1950|
|Bat Conservation and Rescue QLD||Bat Awareness Educational Material||$1959.37|
|Bats Qld (Flying Foxes & Microbats) Inc.||ICU’s for Baby Bats||$9380|
|Alison Plant||Provision of Rescue and Care for Sick, Injured and Orphaned Flying Foxes||$1500|
|Caring for Wildlife and Carers Inc||Bobucks rehabilitation 2020||$3400|
|Albert Valley Wildlife Preservation Society||Bee Hotel Workshops for Schools and Logan Community||$9420|
|Richard Knevitt||Bat Pregnant Mum and Pup Rescue||$1500|
|Jill Fechner||Feeding Reptiles in Rehab||$1500|
|Leanne Robertson||Flying Fox Feeding Frenzy||$1500|
|Francine Stewart||Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation||$1500|
|Stacey Robertson||Battie Banquet||$1500|
|Reptile Rehabilitation Queensland||Construction of an outdoor Dry-Dock and Pond TURTLE Rehabilitation Enclosure.||$10,000|
|Annette Bird||Funding for feeding rehabilitating injured or sick reptiles and amphibians||$1500|
|Wendy Bateman||2020-2021 Orphan bat feeding||$1288.80|
|Michele de Villiers||Rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned koalas||$1500|
|Joerg Rockstroh||Feed the Logan Flying Foxes||$1500|
|Anja Rockstroh||Feed the Cornubia Flying Foxes||$1500|
|Oxley Creek Catchment Association||Nest Box Workshops and Story Map||$9898|
|Diana Kolb||Wildlife Rehabilitation||$1500|
|Bob Wiley||Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation||$1500|
|Jessie Ovenden||Food and supplies require for Wildlife Rehabilitation||$1495.75|
|Conservation Volunteers Australia||Citizen Science and Conservation at Springwood State High||$10,000|
|Conservation Volunteers Australia||Shailer Park Koala Conservation||$10,000|
|Conservation Volunteers Australia||Riparian Restoration in Tamborine||$10,000|
|Natura Pacific Pty Ltd||Thermal Drone Surveys of a Vulnerable Mammal: The Greater Glider||$9940|
|Conservation Volunteers Australia||Koala Habitat Restoration at Berrinba Sanctuary||$10000|
|Chantelle Derez||Translocation of urban pythons||$7121|
|Martin Luna Juncal (Griffith University)||Envisioning Better Farming and Healthier Rivers||$9571|
|Eleanor Lyons (private landholder)||Habitat Restoration & Protection of Critically Endangered Melaleuca irbyana||$9900|
|John Lamport (private landholder)||Lantana clearing eco restoration for wildlife||$6790|
|Katie Swatton (private landholder)||Application for assistance with erosion control and weed management||$6500|
|Emily Cooper (private landholder)||Eco Restoration||$7281|
|Chisolm Catholic College||Chisholm Sustainability Garden||$2000|
|Bulimba Creek Catchment Association||Weed control at Mt Elliott||$7637|
|Harry & Christine Burridge (private landholder)||125-141 Pennine Drive restoration||$7200|