Turtle Trap

Red Eared Slider Turtle Trap

One of our more left-field projects was an automated trapping system designed to trap an invasive species of Turtle wreaking havoc on Australian soil.

Who Was Our Client?

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment brings together specialists in urban and regional planning, natural resources, industry, environment, Aboriginal and social housing, and regional New South Wales.

Red eared slider turtle

What Problem Did DPIE Need SAPHI To Solve?

The bio-security unit at DPIE has managed an approved pest animal incursion program for a number of years with the aim to trap as many of these turtles as possible. Whilst initial systems for trapping were successful at capturing these turtles in the immediate surroundings; they were not particularly good at attracting those further afield. 

DPIE needed SAPHI to devise a system that would not just capture but attract this invasive species.

What Was The Solution?

SAPHI designed and developed custom automated trapping units that DPIE deployed in aqueous environments equipped with heating and lighting elements to attract the red-eared slider turtles. DPIE have deployed these systems around Australia with great success.

PCB Etching

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

SAPHI leveraged its expertise in a broad range of areas to construct the system, including:

  • C
  • 3D printing
  • Solar battery analysis 
  • Circuitry design 
  • PCB design and development

What Support Did SAPHI Offer After Completion?

SAPHI provided three months of ongoing support and maintenance to ensure a smooth transition of asset ownership to DPIE.

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