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Rarely seen or heard, these seeming mystical critters generate a considerable interest when seen in the garden.

Other invertebrates Healthy Soils Heathland

Noongar Names: Not known

Scientific Name: Gryllotalpa spp.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Potential habitat loss

Will they visit?: Not known

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Hollows in large trees and constructed nest boxes

Diet: Possibly roots, fungi, and other invertebrates

Water: Not required

ReWild Benefit: Not determined

ReWild Benefits

There are too many unknowns on their ecological role within the landscape. They do not seem to have a detrimental impact on plant survival and may even help with soil health by turning over soil and providing aeration. If you do see a sandgroper, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia.

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