At our last meeting some of us had a chance to view some great photos of a rakali (Hydromys chrysogaster) at Lake Wendouree, taken by Carol. You may know this animal as a water-rat but the term rat seems to make people think it is a pest. Due to recent ‘incidents’ at the lake we would like to promote the use of the name rakali for this native rodent and help to stop them being attacked.
Open this link on the SWIFFT website and see the presentation that Carol has put together. (Carol Hall retains the copyright to all the photos). Rakali are easily distinguished from the introduced rat by the white tip to their short tail. Rakali are native animals and are protected by Victorian legislation.