Wise up, you're living in "croc country"
FOLLOWING the surprise discovery of a brood of infant crocodiles enjoying a public pool in Mt Isa, Queenslanders are being warned that if you live from Gladstone north, you're in "croc country".
The nine tiny freshwater crocodiles were discovered by an unsuspecting lap-swimmer on Sunday.
A spokesman for the state's environment department said while these freshwater creatures mostly dined on insects, fish, frogs, bats and birds, their saltwater cousins were not so discerning.
Any coastal waterways north of the Boyne River - about 20km south of Gladstone - are a possible stomping ground for the ancient reptiles.
"This is known as croc country and people must exercise 'croc wise' behaviour in these areas," the spokesman said. Being "croc wise" includes:
- Obeying warning signs.
- Not swimming or letting pets swim where crocs could be.
- Remembering that crocs can live in the ocean
- Never provoking, harassing or feeding crocs.
- Never leaving food scraps/bait near the water, camp site or boat ramp.
- Always supervising children.
In the summer months, crocodiles are more active as they hunt for a mate and a place to nest. The department has not yet moved any crocs in the new year, although it shifted 38 in 2013. Crocodile sightings can be reported to the department on 1300 130 372.