Data survey reveals rare species at Frahn's farm

Found on the farm: 17 different species of reptiles were found at Frahn's Farm during a baseline data survey, including this little guy here, the spotted ctenotus (Ctenotus orientalis). Photo: Natural Resources SAMDB

Found on the farm: 17 different species of reptiles were found at Frahn's Farm during a baseline data survey, including this little guy here, the spotted ctenotus (Ctenotus orientalis). Photo: Natural Resources SAMDB

Natural Resources South Australian Murray-Darling Basin (Natural Resources SAMDB) partnered with T and M Ecologists, the Green Army and Aboriginal Learning on Country to collect baseline data on reptiles and mammals on Frahn’s farm.

The survey found more than 115 reptiles located on the Monarto site, in 17 different species. 

Natural Resources SAMDB Senior Project Officer, Landscape Resilience, Kylie Moritz said they made some really exciting discoveries.

“A couple of highlights were two sightings of blind snakes and a sand goanna, as neither have been recorded at this site previously.” 

Three different species of kangaroos and a rare type of bushtail possum were also sighted at the farm.

“This is an excellent result, which suggests that Frahn’s farm supports a good abundance and variety of species,” Ms Moritz said.

Data is used to determine management activities, including the type and location of restoration works, surveying will be repeated after restoration to compare results.