I was lucky enough to be invited by Kakadu National Park to go on a fauna survey with scientists from the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation, and rangers from Kakadu National Park.
I was shown the types of traps used to catch small mammals and reptiles before we went out and checked the traps. My favourites were the bucket traps because they were designed to catch reptiles. In one bucket trap we caught two Burton’s Snake-lizards (also known as Burton’s legless lizards), a scorpion and a centipede. In other bucket trap we caught a type of ground gecko called a Bynoe’s gecko, a trap door spider and two centipedes. Unfortunately we didn’t find any small mammals on that day of the survey but they caught some the day before.
We had to do some tests like the ‘funny walk’ which is walking 100 paces in one direction and record the ground cover at each step. These tests help to record the habitat found at the trap site.
I had a great day, learnt a lot and would love to go again...