Dappled shade makes it hard to spot lizards and other fauna on the road.
Dappled shade makes it hard to spot lizards and other fauna on the road.

If you’re lucky, your country roads still have some trees and native vegetation growing along them. And in many parts of Victoria, this is often the only native habitat left in the district. During Spring, Summer and Autumn, especially on cool days, reptiles often bask on the black bitumen, soaking up the sun’s warmth. Unfortunately, it’s often hard to see them when you’re driving along at the speed limit (often 100 kmh on country roads), even if you’re looking for them. The result is carnage. Blue-tongue lizards, sluggish and slow moving at the best of times, seem to be the major victims and I always feel sad when I see one squashed on the road. More distressing still is when the much less common species like Bearded Dragons and Lace Monitors become road-kill statistics. Drive carefully!