You can help our turtles! Record all sightings of turtles using the TurtleSAT website opens in a new window
or download the TurtleSAT app and record your lucky sighting!
Injured or dead turtles should be taken to the WA Wildlife Hospital (formerly Native ARC) opens in a new window
at Bibra Lake. WA Wildlife Hospital can provide emergency care, rehabiliation, PIT tag scanning (research), egg retrieval, and provide valuable information to the City on our turtles. WA Wildlife Hospital can be contacted on 9417 7105, and is located at 172 Hope Road, Bibra Lake.
They are not lost – If they need help, be a turtle bodyguard. Assist them in the direction they were heading, and protect them from predators. It is best to keep your distance, but you can wave off ravens if they are attacking.
Firstly, check which direct the turtle is heading towards. If it is heading towards land, it may be searching for a suitable nesting site. If it is heading towards a lake, it may be trying to migrate to water. Please check that there are no threats close by and leave the turtle alone as much as possible. You can monitor the turtle from a safe distance and protect it from potential threats such as birds. If a turtle is on the road, please escort it across without picking it up. If you catch and return a turtle to the water before it has nested, it will either abort its eggs or have to make the dangerous trip again. This increases its risk of being injured or killed.
If you see a hatchling turtle, you can take it straight to the nearest wetland.
Please make sure that the turtle is actually injured before you intervene. A turtle may be injured by a car or attacked by an animal in which case it won't be moving much. If the turtle appears lethargic and dehydrated it is probably injured. Contact WA Wildlife opens in a new window (formerly Native ARC) if you find a turtle in the City area. Turtles can make remarkable recoveries from serious injuries.
Please only handle an adult turtle if you are instructed do so by a fauna management specialist or you are taking it to a wildlife rescue centre.
If instructed to handle a small turtle, grasp the turtle from behind with your hand between the back legs (palm over tail, thumb on top of shell and fingers underneath) and support the head with your other hand if necessary. Hold the animal away from your body. This way you avoid the hind legs that may cause minor scratches by their small claws. Holding the turtle away from your body will also avoid any bodily secretions from the turtle.
If instructed to handle a large turtle, grasp the turtle around the middle of the carapace (upper shell) and hold the animal away from your body. This way you avoid the hind legs that may cause minor scratches by their small claws. Holding the turtle away from your body will also avoid any bodily secretions from the turtle.
No. Catching and keeping turtles as pets is illegal and is also a threat to population numbers.
A ‘turtle’ is water dwelling and a ‘tortoise’ is land dwelling. Turtles also have a flat shell with webbed feet and claws or flippers. Tortoises have a domed shell with short, sturdy bent legs.