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CrocWatch

Report crocodile sightings in Queensland to 1300 130 372.

In case of a crocodile attack, call triple zero (000) or 112 from some mobile phones.

Site last updated 1 December 2016

Croc Watch provides data on crocodile management activities. All crocodile sightings in Queensland should be reported to CrocWatch on 1300 130 372. The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection records and investigates all crocodile reports made by the public and will take appropriate action based on the potential safety risk posed by the animal. Your reports help in determining the crocodile movements in the area.

Always remember that no natural waterway in crocodile country is ever 100% crocodile or risk free, and the public should remain ‘croc-wise’ at all times when in and around crocodile habitat. CrocWatch should not be regarded as advice on where it may or may not be safe to swim.

Crocs in croc country

Crocodiles may be present wherever there is suitable habitat for them and:

  • it is only natural for a crocodile to live in crocodile habitat
  • the presence of a crocodile in the wild does not in itself make it a threat to public safety
  • crocodiles are highly mobile and, although unlikely, may move into areas outside their usual range.

Even though estuarine crocodile numbers are still recovering, they are the iconic animal that gives much of north and central Queensland—‘croc country’—its unique character.

‘Croc country’ begins at the Boyne River near Gladstone and sweeps north across suitable crocodile habitat, including coastal estuaries and rivers, offshore islands and wetlands, sometimes hundreds of kilometres inland.

If you see a crocodile in Queensland report it to CrocWatch.

Remember: the longer you take to report a sighting, the less likely it is that the crocodile can be located.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection records and investigates all Queensland crocodile reports made by the public.

The department will take appropriate action based on the safety risk posed by the crocodile and do what is reasonably possible at the time (e.g. it may not be necessary to investigate a crocodile moving through an area of known habitat in an unpopulated or inaccessible area).

If the department determines that a crocodile poses an unacceptable risk it is dealt with as a ‘crocodile of concern’. It is then targeted for removal from the wild and taken to a zoo or crocodile farm or, in some cases, humanely euthanased. View current crocodiles of concern.

Summary of crocodile reports across the state for 2016

Report type Number of reports
Current crocodiles of concern 3
Resolved crocodiles of concern responses 117
Crocodiles in zones 1 or 2 targeted for removal 3
Confirmed crocodile sightings 53
Unconfirmed crocodile reports 344

The yearly summary total of crocodile reports is updated weekly.

For more information on any of these crocodile reports click on the link in the above table.

Summary of crocodile reports across the state for 2015

Report type Number of reports
Resolved crocodiles of concern responses 87
Confirmed crocodile sightings 32
Unconfirmed crocodile reports 329

Summary of crocodile reports across the state for 2014

Report type Number of reports
Resolved crocodiles of concern responses 110
Confirmed crocodile sightings 38
Unconfirmed crocodile reports 207

Summary of crocodile reports across the state for 2013

Report type Number of reports
Resolved crocodiles of concern responses 44
Confirmed crocodile sightings 52
Unconfirmed crocodile reports 242

Summary of crocodile reports across the state for 2012

Report type Number of reports
Resolved crocodiles of concern responses 7
Confirmed crocodile sightings 83
Unconfirmed crocodile reports 261

Summary of crocodile reports across the state for 2011

Report type Number of reports
Resolved crocodiles of concern responses 8
Confirmed crocodile sightings 56
Unconfirmed crocodile reports 270

Summary of crocodile reports across the state for 2010

Report type Number of reports
Resolved crocodiles of concern responses 7
Confirmed crocodile sightings 54
Unconfirmed crocodile reports 176
Last updated
1 December 2016