Grey nomads still up north warned of croc threat

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Crocodiles in tropical north
The Queensland heatwave has increased croc activity

The Queensland heatwave has done more than just increase the risk of bushfires or of people suffering heatstroke … it’s brought more crocodiles out and about.
The Department of Environment and Heritage says the soaring temperatures may force crocodiles in the north of the state to areas they are not normally found.
Department regional team leader Chris Pacey says warm temperatures, combined with croc breeding season, means the reptiles are far more active in local rivers and creeks.
“Those higher temperatures can potentially push crocodiles into those sort of temperature zones where they’re not comfortable,” he told the ABC. “They’re also more difficult to spot at this time of year because they’re often in the water trying to cool off as well as looking for food.”
While most grey nomads have long since left the tropical north, those that do remain to enjoy the empty van parks and uncrowded fishing area need to be especially careful around places like boat ramps.
“People leaving scraps behind, whether it’s frames or bait, can attract crocodiles to the areas,” said Mr Pacey. “Crocs, for the most part, are lazy predators, so if they have the food presented to them they’re going to start hanging around those areas.”
Over in the Northern Territory, police say that  a crocodile that killed a nine-year-old  boy last week will return because people from a nearby community used to feed it. The boy was taken by the crocodile at a beach about 650 kilometres east of Darwin and has not been seen since.

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