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CrocWatch

Last updated 15 November 2017

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 in accordance with the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan. 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 CrocWise 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 in accordance with the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

If the department determines that a crocodile poses an unacceptable risk it is dealt with as a ‘problem crocodile’. 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 problem crocodiles.

Summary of crocodile reports across the state under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan from 14 March 2017

The terminology used is from the new Queensland Crocodile Conservation Plan as of 14 March 2017. 

Report type

Number of reports

Problem crocodiles

4

Problem crocodiles removed

50

Problem crocodiles otherwise resolved

50

Crocodiles reported

287

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 using the terminology in the previous crocodile management approach up to 13 March 2017

Note, the previous Crocodile Management Plans and Crocodile Urban Management Areas were superseded by the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan on 14 March 2017.

For more information on any of the non-active reports see archive crocodile sightings under the previous crocodile management approach.

Year

Resolved crocodile of concern

Confirmed crocodile sightings

Unconfirmed crocodile sightings

2017 – to 13 Mar

18

14

122

2016

129

59

378

2015

87

32

329

2014

110

38

207

2013

44

52

242

2012

7

83

261

2011

8

56

270

2010

7

54

176

Report

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.

Last updated
15 November 2017