Giant croc removed from popular NT tourist spot

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This 4.4-metre male saltwater crocodile was removed from the Flora River. PIC: ABC / Katherine: Jon Daly

Wildlife rangers in the Northern Territory Top End have just caught a 4.4-metre, 350-kilogram saltwater crocodile in an area commonly frequented by grey nomads and other tourists.

The ABC reports that the massive male croc was trapped in the Flora River Nature Park, about 120 kilometres south-west of Katherine.

“The tourists walk down to the river in the area where he was,” Katherine senior wildlife ranger John Burke said. “With the weather warming up, the crocodiles are becoming active … they’re moving into breeding season as well, and the rivers are low and they’re out looking for mates, particularly the big males.”

Mr Burke emphasised the importance of being ‘crocwise’ around waterways. He said the 4.4-metre crocodile was the biggest one trapped this year.

“I certainly wouldn’t want to run across him when I’m out fishing,” he said. “Every couple of years we’ll get a big one up around 4.5 to 4.7 metres, but most of the time the average length for the crocs we catch in the Katherine River is 3.6 metres.”

The crocodile has reportedly been taken to a crocodile farm and will be used as breeding stock.

Local rangers also caught a 3.3-metre male saltwater crocodile in the Katherine River, about 55 kilometres downstream of Katherine last week.

The ABC reports that the Katherine region has experienced consecutive wet seasons with well-below average rainfall, and the lack of rain is starting to affect croc movements.

“Crocs haven’t moved around, and they’ve stayed in the water holes where they are,” Mr Burke said.

Katherine wildlife rangers removed 23 crocodiles from the Katherine River management zone three years ago.

Mr Burke told the ABC that the number of removals had fallen to just five a year in the past few years.

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5 Responses to Giant croc removed from popular NT tourist spot

  1. NT human population = 244,000.
    Saltwater Croc population = 100,000.
    Fair chance of encountering one if you are in, on or near water.
    Stay safe…!

  2. Too many crocs

    • Maybe it’s time to cull again.

      • Yep.
        Time for a thin out. They.ll keep spreading into new regions

  3. Lots of steaks and handbags could be made out that one 🙂

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