May 18 2011

Crocodiles in Australia

Crocodiles in Australia

    Both the Saltwater and Freshwater crocodiles frequent Australia’s northern regions, and care must be taken when in areas where they may be active.

September to May is the Australian crocodile breeding season, and they tend to be more aggressive during this time.

Fatal crocodile attacks in Australia:

  • MARCH 2009: 11 year old in Black Jungle Swamp in outskirts of rural Darwin.
  • FEBRUARY 2009: 5 year old in the Daintree River in far north Queensland.
  • SEPTEMBER 2008: 62 year old on the Endeavour River near Cooktown in far north Queensland.
  • JULY 2006: 8 year old near Maningrida.
  • SEPTEMBER 2005: 55 year old the Cobourg Peninsula, NT
  • SEPTEMBER 2005: 37 year old snorkelling off Groote Eylandt, NT, in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • AUGUST 2005: Fisherman taken from a canoe at Lakefield National Park.
  • DECEMBER 2003: 22 year old Finniss River, 80km from Darwin.
  • OCTOBER 2002: 24 year old Kakadu billabong.

Source: NTNews.com www.ntnews.com.au

Crocodiles however, are a protected species in Australia, and it is illegal to harm or kill them.

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