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South Australian Alert Animal Pests

Be on the alert for new pests and report them so that they can be stopped early!

Pest animals are significant threats to the environment and public safety, and can have an impact on primary industries. Early detection will help protect South Australia from the threat of new pests.

Be aware of the risks and if you spot an unusual animal, ring the National Pest Alert Hotline on freecall 1800 084 881.

For further information on South Australian Alert Pest Animals, visit the Biosecurity SA website

Alert Animal Pests - Cane Toad
Cane Toad

The Cane Toad is one of the world's worst animal pests, producing a poison which kills many of our native animals and pests that try to eat it.

At present, Cane Toads occur over large areas of Queensland, north costal New South Wales and the Top End of the Northern Territory into Western Australia, and are continuing to agressivly expand their range.

For further information and to learn how to distinguish Cane Toads from native frogs and toads, download the Cane Toad Fact Sheet.


Alert Animal Pests - Indian Myna
Indian Myna

The Indian Myna or Common Myna is no native to Australia but has established populations in eastern and south-eastern Australia.

The Indian Myna has signifi cant potential to spread further in Australia as populations are expanding south in Queensland and westwards across western Victoria and New South Wales. It is important to immediately report any found in the wild in areas where the species has not been seen before.

For further information and to learn how to distinguish Indian Mynas from native Noisy Miners and Yellow-Throated Miners, download the Indian Myna Fact Sheet.


Alert Animal Pests - Indian Myna
Asian Longhorn Beetle

Asian Long-Horned Beetle (ALHB) is an invasive forest pest with no natural enemies in Australia that attacks nearly all broadleaf trees, with maples, poplars, willows and elms being the preferred hosts.

The highest risk of Asian Longhorn Beetle getting into Australia is on imported timber and wood pallets or packing materials from overseas, or on other timber items such as furniture. For this reason timber products from Asia must be treated before being imported or on arrival in Australia.

For further information download the Asian Longhorn Beetle Fact Sheet.


Alert Animal Pests - Red Imported Fire Ant
Red Imported Fire Ant

The Red-Imported Fire Ant is a serious pest in Brisbane where they were first discovered in February 2001. Fire Ants live easily in many environments and resemble Australian native ants. They are 2-6mm long with either a golden or reddish brown body colour. 

If Fire Ants spread to Australia's farmlands, stock would not be able to access water, and harvesting crops would be a painful hazard for pickers. Overseas experience shows they can also destroy some crops, and kill young farm animals. 

For further information and to learn how to identify fire ants, download the Red Imported Fire Ant Fact Sheet.


Alert Animal Pests - Red Eared Slider Turtle
Red-Eared Slider Turtle

The Red-Eared Slider Turtle is a subspecies of the Pond or Common Slider. It is not native to Australia, but has established isolated populations here as well as in other countries.

The Red-Eared Slider Turtle has significant potential to spread futher in Australia.

For further information, download the Red Eared Slider Turtle Fact Sheet.


Alert Animal Pests - House Crow
Common House Crow

The House Crow is also known as the Indian, Grey-Necked, Ceylon or Colombo Crow. It is not native to Australia but has been transported here on numerous occasions on ships.

The House Crow has significant potential to establish populations in Australia and become a pest.

For further information and to learn how to distinguish House Crows from native Australia Ravens, download the Common House Crow Fact Sheet.


Alert Animal Pests - Indian Ringneck Parakeet
Indian Ringneck Parakeet

The Indian Ringneck, or Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet, is also called the Rose-Ringed Parakeet or African Ring-Necked Parakeet. It is not native to Australia but is widely kept here as a cage bird.

The ringneck has significant potential to establish populations in Australia and become a pest.

For further information and to learn how to distinguish this bird from native parrots and rosellas, download the Indian Ringneck Parakeet Fact Sheet


Alert Animal Pests - Red Whiskered Bulbul
Red-Whiskered Bulbul

The Red-Whiskered Bulbul is not indigenous to Australia, but has established small populations here. It is also commonly kept as a pet here.

The bulbul poses a serious threat to Australia with significant potential to spread further in the wild as populations in Queensland and New South Wales are expanding.

For further information and to learn how to distinguish the bulbul from native birds, download the Red-Whiskered Bulbul Fact Sheet.

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