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Pest sightings

Adelaide is rich with native wildlife, but the pest species that have been introduced pose a threat to their survival. If you’ve seen a known pest or something out of the ordinary, here’s what you can do.

Metropolitan Adelaide has three common pest animals – foxes, wild rabbits and feral deer. For more information on these pests and how to manage them, please visit our pest animals page.

In addition to these known pests, it’s important to be on the lookout for and report sightings of alert pests.

Two alert weeds are under the spotlight with Crime Stoppers SA. Please report any sightings to Crime Stoppers SA to reduce their threat to our waterways:

  1. Salvinia – regarded as one of the worst weeds in Australia! This free-floating aquatic, non-flowering fern grows quickly to form thick floating mats of vegetation.
  2. Water hyacinth – one of the world's worst invasive weeds! It forms dense vegetation mats on the surface of water which rapidly block and choke waterways.

If you’re not sure what you’ve seen, please visit the PIRSA website (Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA) for assistance with identifying and reporting what you saw.