Invasive animals threatening our borders
  • Last updated:
  • 13 Jan 2020

Some restricted invasive animals are found in our neighbouring local government areas but not in the Sunshine Coast Local Government area. These are our Regional Alert Species.

They all pose serious threats to our region so we need to keep them out. Early detection and reporting are key to preventing these species from establishing in our region.

  • Feral chital deer

    Feral chital deer, like other feral deer, cause a range of impacts on primary production and natural areas. Read more about the impacts of feral deer.

    If you see a feral chital deer report it to council as soon as possible.

    Did you know three other species of feral deer are also known to occur in our region? View more information and resources (including how to identify a feral chital deer).

  • Rabbit

    Rabbits are one of Australia's major agricultural and environmental pests. They damage pasture and crops, cause soil erosion and compete with native animals for resources. 

    If you see a rabbit report it to council as soon as possible.

    Did you know European hares are known to occur in our region? View more information and resources (including how to tell the difference between a rabbit and a hare).

  • Red-eared slider turtle

    Red-eared slider turtles out-compete native turtle species—some of which are already threatened. They aggressively compete for food, nesting areas and basking sites.

    If you see a red-eared slider turtle report it to Biosecurity QLD within 24 hours.

    Did you know there are many different freshwater turtle species native to our region? View more information and resources (including how to identify a red-eared slider from a native turtle).