The region inhabited by the striped tailed delma has long been subject to the activities of humans, which have degraded and destroyed this species’ habitat. Large areas of the Brigalow Belt have already been cleared for agriculture, and the remaining habitat remains under pressure from overgrazing and further clearance for urbanisation (1) (9). In addition, the removal of woody debris and rocks, as part of land management, removes potential shelters for the striped tailed delma (2) (7) (10).
Inappropriate fire regimes are also impacting this species. Occasional fires are a natural part of the Brigalow Belt ecosystem, and a factor that the native animals and plants have evolved alonside. Changes in the frequency, intensity or timing of fires, bought about by human management, are often not suitable for the native biodiversity (2) (7) (10).
Furthermore, the islands inhabited by the striped tailed delma, particularly Magnetic Island, are popular destinations for tourists, who cause frequent disturbance(9).