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233 saltwater crocodiles removed from NT waterways last year

The Parks and Wildlife Crocodile Management Unit removed 233 saltwater crocodiles from Territory waterways during 2019.

The figure is a decrease on the number of crocodiles removed during 2018, which was 360, and 2017, which was 371.

The largest crocodile captured in 2019 measured 4.3 metres. It was removed from a billabong within the Darwin Crocodile Management Zone.

The Crocodile Management Unit places over 50 traps in strategic spots throughout Territory waterways to catch crocodiles.

To find out more about how to Be Crocwise visit http://www.becrocwise.nt.gov.au. To find out more about crocodile captures visit https://nt.gov.au/emergency/community-safety/crocodile-capture-and-management/map-of-crocodile-captures

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

Quotes from Crocodile Management Chief Wildlife Ranger, Tom Nichols:

“This is a reminder to Be Crocwise around our waterways. Do not be complacent and never underestimate the number of crocodiles roaming around the Top End. 

“Never interfere with a crocodile or a crocodile trap. It is an offence to touch, stand on, enter, move or disturb a crocodile trap, and doing so may result in a $7850 fine or six months imprisonment.”

Media Contact: Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture Media Manager 0476 844 832

Wildlife Ranger Dani Best with 4.3 metre saltwater crocodile.jpg