Native animals

Western Australia is home to:

  • 141 of Australia's 207 mammal species, 25 being unique to WA
  • 439 reptile species, 187 being unique to WA
  • More than 1,600 fish species, and
  • Hundreds of thousands of invertebrate species.

A range of native animals live in bushland and waterways throughout the City of Swan. We are lucky enough to have a very rare species of tortoise. The Western Swamp Tortoise is now only found at Twin Swamps and Ellen Brook Nature Reserve in the City of Swan. The Perth Zoo has a captive breeding program for the Western Swamp Tortoise and relocates tortoises bred in captivity back into the wild once they reach 100 grams.

We have bat roosting boxes installed in several reserves throughout the City. To see them in action watch the “Bats in Box – Swan Regional Riverside Park” YouTube video.

Whether you live in a rural or suburban area you will come in contact with native animals. If you find a native animal that is in need of care please refer to our guide for injured wildlife and contact the Native Animal Rescue centre on (08) 9249 3434 or the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) 24 hour Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055.

If you find a snake, remember they are an important part of our environment. Living with snakes in our homes or gardens can be challenging and if you need these to be removed the Wildcare Helpline coordinates a volunteer service.