Pink-tailed Worm-lizard five years on

Pink-tailed Worm-lizard five years on

27 June 2022

A five-year implementation progress report on the ACT Government’s 2017 Pink-tailed Worm-lizard Action Plan (1.0 MB) shows that the ACT’s work to save the threatened species is having a positive effect.

The Molonglo River Reserve protects the largest known population of Pink-tailed Worm-lizards in Australia. Monitoring across 30 sites is indicating that the population is stable, with 74 animals detected in 2019, an increase from the 61 animals in 2014.

The Molonglo River Reserve has been extensively surveyed and other areas of the Murrumbidgee River Corridor are a priority for future survey efforts. Research on population monitoring methods and habitat requirements, particularly vegetation structure, and the impacts of grazing and fire management on habitat quality, will continue through collaboration with universities and trusts. ACT Government ecologists are currently undertaking trials to develop a low impact monitoring method that will allow for more frequent monitoring.

The report is available on the Threatened species action plans page.