Shackle Road Self Guided Drive - Stop 1 - SA



DEG: -35.951408 136.7258
DMS: 35º 57' 5.07" S 136º 43' 32.88" E
UTM: 53 H 6020065mN 655645mE
Altitude: 62m


Address & Contact

West Bay Road
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A


Stop 1 - Nature’s incubators

This is the home of the common termite (Nasutitermes exitiosus).These mounds appear to be soft on the outside but contain extremely hard tunnels and chambers, constructed by the worker termites, using a cementing compound contained in their saliva mixed with soil and cellulose.
The interiors of these mounds, which are a constant 25–30°C, also play an important role as incubators for goanna eggs. The heath goanna (Varanus rosenbergi), Kangaroo Island’s only goanna, lays up to fourteen eggs in early February in the base of mounds. The hole created by the strong claws of the female goanna is miraculously repaired within a few days by termites.
Can you see an unusual cone-shaped mound of soil in the clearing?
Termites break down plant material and cycle nutrients through the environment.
In September the young goannas hatch and dig themselves out. Ravens (Corvus coronoides and C. mellori), Australian magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen) and grey currawongs (Strepera versicolor) prey on the young as they emerge from the termite mounds.
Goannas are unable to regulate their own body temperature internally, and need to bask in the sun for at least half an hour (longer on overcast days) before becoming active. Please drive slowly as they may be sluggish and unable to avoid your vehicle.
The trees in this area are mostly swamp gums (Eucalyptus ovata) and are found in the poorly drained areas of western Kangaroo Island. Their botanical name refers to their oval shaped leaves. Swamp gums, along with manna gums (Eucalyptus viminalis ssp. Cygnetensis) are the preferred browsing trees of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), which was introduced to the island in 1923 and commonly found in this area.
iMapPlot Reference Image


Working on it...

Get Traveller App Get the ExplorOz Traveller App to download all ExplorOz Places for navigational use on your tablet, phone, iPad or laptop.
Download Place
Use this download for GPX, Hema Navigator and OziExplorer. Geo data only no map included.



Closest Weather Station

Cape Borda at 03/04:00pm CDT
Distance from Shackle Road Self Guided Drive - Stop 1 24.77km NW
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Kingscote Aero
Distance from Shackle Road Self Guided Drive - Stop 1 76.62km E
Mean Max. °C26.526.624.321.518.516.115.416.117.819.923.024.8
Mean Min. °C13.113.511.
Mean Rain mm13.816.427.426.946.967.163.256.645.330.822.517.7

Update History

Comments & Reviews

Post a Comment
Add Photos & Files
Alert Admin Open in Traveller App

Sponsored Links

Popular Products (9)