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Crocodile Management Team Responds to Crocodile Sighting in Durack

The Parks and Wildlife Commission NT (PWCNT) crocodile management team have today responded to a croc sighting in Durack.

Tommy Nichols, Chief Wildlife Ranger, Parks and Wildlife Commission, said a croc had been sighted this morning, by a lady walking her dog at Durack.

“It’s not uncommon for crocodiles to be sighted during the wet season. We rely heavily on the public to report crocodile sightings, so we can monitor the area.

“A croc trap had been in place at Durack already, and we will this afternoon, add an additional trap. The team will also begin spotlighting this evening.

Mr Nichols said people should remember to BE CROCWISE.

“This means behaving responsibly in and around Territory waters at all times, heeding all safety signs and not putting your-self or others at risk of crocodile attack,” he said.

Estuarine crocodiles are common in the Top End and can inhabit any waterways including freshwater systems, billabongs and low areas subject to flooding. 

The Northern Territory Crocwise strategy can be viewed online at http://www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au

To report estuarine (saltwater) crocodile sightings in the Darwin region phone 0419 822 859 or in the Katherine region phone 0407 958 405.

For up-to-date information regarding access to parks and reserves administered by the Parks and Wildlife Commission visit http://www.nt.gov.au/parksandwildlife

Tommy Nichols, Chief Wildlife Ranger, Crocodile Management Team, Parks and Wildlife Commission NT

Croc warning sign at Durack Lakes