Queensland threatened lizard survey

Project start date: 01/07/2021
Project end date: 30/06/2026
NESP funding: $83,000 (GST-exclusive)

Habitat loss, agriculture, invasive species, and bushfires have contributed to a decline in many species of snakes and lizards.

This project will support conservation efforts to help reptiles struggling to adapt to human activities and changing environmental conditions. The project will conduct fieldwork that surveys sites with historic records, and new potential sites and surrounding habitats. The project will estimate population distribution and abundance and assess key threats for a select group of highly threatened Queensland reptile species.

The research builds on the findings of a comprehensive review of the conservation status of Australian lizards and snakes carried out in 2017, and a project to identify the reptile species most at risk of extinction over the next 20 years.

  • The project will estimate population distribution and abundance, and assess key threats, for a select group of Queensland threatened reptile species. Photo: Conrad Hoskin.
  • Retro Slider, Critically Endangered. Photo credit: Carmen Hass.
  • McIlwraith Leaf-tailed gecko, Vulnerable. Photo credit: Conrad Hoskin.
  • Pinnacles Leaf-tailed gecko, Critically Endangered: Photo credit: Conrad Hoskin.