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Watch out for crocodiles and snakes in floodwaters

As areas of north and central Queensland brace for potential flooding as a result of significant rainfall forecast over the next few days, members of the public are reminded that crocodiles and snakes may turn up in unexpected places.

A Flood Watch was issued by the Bureau of Meteorology on Wednesday (17 May 2017) for coastal catchments between Tully and Gladstone, extending inland to parts of the Burdekin and Fitzroy catchments. A Flood Watch was also issued for southwestern Queensland catchments.

Rivers which may be affected include the Tully, Murray, Herbert, Bohle, Ross, Haughton, Don, Proserpine and Pioneer, as well as parts of the Burdekin and Fitzroy.

Any flooding could push crocodiles downstream into areas which they do not usually frequent. Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and may be on the move to search out a quiet place while floodwaters recede.

Similarly, snakes are good swimmers and may also turn up in unexpected places. Flooded areas can be dangerous, and not just because of the water’s strength. So the public is advised not to swim in floodwaters and to watch out for wildlife which has been displaced.

Crocodile sightings should be reported as soon as possible to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection on 1300 130 372.

Members of the public are reminded to always be CrocWise in Croc Country. In particular:

  • Obey croc warning signs
  • Don’t swim or let domestic pets swim in waters where crocs may live
  • Be aware that crocodiles also swim in the ocean
  • Stand back from the water when fishing or cast netting
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, a camp site or boat ramp
  • Never interfere with or fish or boat near crocodile traps, and
  • Always supervise children
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in croc country.

Further information on being CrocWise

Last updated
18 May 2017