We are being reminded to expect Croc’s in all waterways, even if there is no warning sign following recent crocodile sightings.
There has been 11 sightings recorded in Rockhampton since the beginning of April, one reported sighting at Keppel Sands, one near Emu Park and one at the Causeway Lake.
A Department of Environment and Science (DES) spokesperson says they surveyed a 25-kilometre stretch of the Fitzroy River, on April 27.
Wildlife officers confirmed there were nine crocodiles in the river, all of which were less than two metres in length.
They say the surveys have not confirmed the presence of any crocodiles greater than two metres, or crocodiles displaying dangerous behaviour that could be targeted for removal.
DES is reminding locals that entering the water in croc country is a choice, and people are responsible for their own safety.
It’s important everyone in croc country practises “Crocwise” behaviour, in particular:
- Expect crocodiles in all waterways even if there is no warning sign
- Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
- Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
- Stay well away from croc traps – that includes fishing and boating
- The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
- Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
- Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
- Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
- Never provoke, harass, or feed crocs
- Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead.
Crocodile sightings can be reported to DES by using the QWildlife app; accessing the sighting report online, or calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all crocodile sighting reports that it receives.