Biosecurity alerts


If any of the follow species are observed, please call the NSW Department of Primary Industries Invasive plants and Animals Enquiry Line on 1800 680 244.  

Yellow Crazy Ant

Byron Shire residents are being asked to play their part in making sure the infestation of the invasive yellow crazy ant does not spread beyond Lismore.

It follows the discovery of yellow crazy ants in central Lismore in May 2018.

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is recognised by thier pale yellow body colour, unusually long legs and antennae.  The abdomen is dark brown with a body length typically around 5mm. They are considered to be in the top 100 invasive species worldwide and in large numbers can attack and kill small animals and birds and damage ecosystems.

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Yellow Crazy Ant  



Red-eared slider turtle

The red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) originates from the USA and Mexico. This species has a distinctive red or orange stripe behind the eyes and a carapace length for an adult of 12.5 to 28 cm.

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Red imported fire ant

The red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) are native to South America and vary between 2-6 mm in length with a coppery-brown head and body with a darker abdomen.

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Big-headed ant

The big-headed ant or coastal brown ant (Pheidole megacephala) is of African origin and is ginger or light yellow to a dark reddish brown in colour. They generally come in two sizes depending on their function as worker ants, being 2 – 3 mm or 3 – 4 mm in length.

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Indian ring-necked parrot

The exotic Indian ring-necked parrot (Psittacula krameri) is long-tailed, usually grass-green in colour with a red beak. The males have a narrow pink and black collar which is lacking in immature and female birds.

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