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Native Water Rats

The Native Water Rat (Hydromys chrysogaster) grows to 40 cm in length, has partially-webbed hind feet, water repellent fur and a tail that is tipped white. The species is one of only two Australian mammals living in freshwater, the other being the Platypus. Their diet primarily consists of crustaceans, insects and fish. Small birds, frogs, spiders and reptiles are occasionally eaten.

Grassy foreshore vegetation surrounding the Robina Lakes has the potential to provide suitable habitat and conditions for the species. In terms of controlling or removing the Native Water Rat from the lakes, it should be noted that they are a native specie and are protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. Under this legislation, it is a requirement to conserve native wildlife and to identify and conserve the habitat upon which they rely.

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