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 PlantProvision of Rescue and Care for Sick, Injured and Orphaned Flying Foxes$1500
Caring for Wildlife and Carers IncBobucks rehabilitation 2020$3400
Albert Valley Wildlife Preservation SocietyBee Hotel Workshops for Schools and Logan Community$9420
Richard KnevittBat Pregnant Mum and Pup Rescue$1500
Jill FechnerFeeding Reptiles in Rehab$1500
Leanne RobertsonFlying Fox Feeding Frenzy$1500
Francine StewartWildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation$1500
Stacey RobertsonBattie Banquet$1500
Reptile Rehabilitation QueenslandConstruction of an outdoor Dry-Dock and Pond TURTLE Rehabilitation Enclosure.$10,000
Annette BirdFunding for feeding rehabilitating injured or sick reptiles and amphibians$1500
Wendy Bateman2020-2021 Orphan bat feeding$1288.80
Michele de VilliersRehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned koalas$1500
Joerg RockstrohFeed the Logan Flying Foxes$1500
Anja RockstrohFeed the Cornubia Flying Foxes$1500
Oxley Creek Catchment AssociationNest Box Workshops and Story Map$9898
Diana KolbWildlife Rehabilitation$1500
Bob WileyWildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation$1500
Jessie OvendenFood and supplies require for Wildlife Rehabilitation$1495.75
Conservation Volunteers AustraliaCitizen Science and Conservation at Springwood State High$10,000
Conservation Volunteers AustraliaShailer Park Koala Conservation$10,000
Conservation Volunteers AustraliaRiparian Restoration in Tamborine$10,000
Natura Pacific Pty LtdThermal Drone Surveys of a Vulnerable Mammal: The Greater Glider$9940
Conservation Volunteers AustraliaKoala Habitat Restoration at Berrinba Sanctuary$10000
Chantelle DerezTranslocation 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 CollegeChisholm Sustainability Garden$2000
Bulimba Creek Catchment AssociationWeed control at Mt Elliott$7637
Harry & Christine Burridge (private landholder)125-141 Pennine Drive restoration$7200
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