Here in the mid north we have alot of lizards out and about when the weather starts to warm up in spring. One of these, the pygmy blue tongue, is endangered, as its habitat disappears with more land being used for cropping. Creatures of the grasslands, they love to use holes vacated by spiders, they use the doors to cover they hidey holes and keep them safe. They may not be glamorous to some, but play an important role in pest control.
Love Your Lizards and Can the Chemicals! Courtesy of http://www.sgaonline.org.au/lizards/
Not convinced that a lizard or two is the ideal addition to your garden? How about the promise of free, natural pest control in the patch? Many lizards and little grass skinks feed on insects and larvae, while larger lizards such as Blue-tongues and shinglebacks will happily slurp up slugs and snails. While we are talking about lizard lunches, it is important to avoid using chemicals and products in the garden that may harm or prove fatal to your beloved lizards. Wiping out the insect population in your garden with a pesticide may seem like a good idea, but in doing this you are removing the lizards’ food source, and, if they can’t get a feed, they won’t hang around. Avoid using snail and slug pellets, as these can prove deadly to our lovely lizards!
To encourage lizards to your garden, provide the following: