Lizards and snakes play an important part in keeping pests like insects and rodents in check. They are also a food source to other wildlife like birds.
Hiding places for lizards and snakes are easy to make, you could use some of the following:
mulching garden waste and leaf litter
old timber, logs or branches
unused terracotta plant pots
piles of rocks or flat stones - these are ideal for lizards sunbaking
old concrete or ceramic pipes.
It is important to consider wildlife-safe fencing for your backyard. You can build fences to suit particular wildlife, like as kangaroos or koalas.
Fencing a part of your yard for your pet to roam can help keep wildlife safe. Keeping pets inside at night also helps to protect our wildlife.
If you have koalas in your area, you may want to consider these tips for making your fence more koala friendly:
make it climbable by using timber posts and rail, chain wire or slats with a 1 cm gap between each slat.
make sure koalas can go through or over the fence - include a 30 cm gap from the ground to the first rail or strand.
placing a plank along the top of the fence for a koala walkway.
plant trees close to both sides of the fence so koalas can cross over.
for steel fencing, place wooden poles (at least 10 cm wide) at a 45° angle at the base of the fence so koalas can climb up. Encourage your neighbours to do the same on their side, so a koala can climb safely to and from the ground.