Signs bob up in effort to save skinks

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
South Bunbury resident Sue Kalab shows off one of the signs she installed to warn drivers of bobtail skinks on the roads.
Camera IconSouth Bunbury resident Sue Kalab shows off one of the signs she installed to warn drivers of bobtail skinks on the roads. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

A long-time South Bunbury resident has taken the safety of the suburb’s local wildlife population into her own hands.

For the past eight years, Sue Kalab has put up signs warning drivers of bobtail skinks crossing Dunstan Street.

Mrs Kalab said bobtails, along with plenty of other wildlife, were common in the area and it was not something drivers on suburban streets were usually focused on.

Three eye-catching signs have been erected along the street.

“Every year we put them out because the bobtails just wander across the road all the time,” Mrs Kalab said.

“They like to lay in the sun when the road is warm as well, so they just blend in so easily and they can’t climb up kerbs.”

She said she knew of one resident bobtail that lived in her garden and another across the street.

Mrs Kalab said the little creatures were unique and needed to be protected.

“They stay with the parents for a little while and they’ll stay in like a little chain – they’ll follow each other around, it’s incredible to see,” she said.

“And bobtails can live up to 20 years and they mate for life.

“People just take a lot of things about nature for granted.”

The signs have been needed more than ever lately with roadworks on Ocean Drive increasing traffic on the street.

Mrs Kalab said she had no plans to get permanent signs as she believed they did not have the same appeal.

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