Giant Crocodile Captured After Menacing Australian Homes

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.26 - 2024 8:59 AM CET

An Australian crocodile that devoured three chickens and evaded capture for nearly a month was finally trapped by authorities in the state of Queensland.

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The Queensland Department of Environment announced on Tuesday that a 4.3-meter-long crocodile had been captured after authorities had been trying to apprehend it for almost a month.

The crocodile, caught in the Herbert River, had been labeled as dangerous after being found lurking on a private property, menacing pets and livestock.

Lawrence Perticato, whose property adjoins the Herbert River, told the Australian media outlet ABC that he noticed a "dramatic" change in the crocodile's behavior. It became aggressive towards him while he was mowing the lawn and had also eaten three of his neighbor's chickens.

"I've lived on the river all my life and have become accustomed to crocodiles, and I know when there's a dangerous one," Perticato said. "With this guy stalking us the way he has been, it's become very concerning. I do a lot of fishing here in the river and haven't been able to put my boat in because it's just too dangerous."

This behavior prompted him to report the saltwater crocodile to the authorities.

"I’ve lived by the river all my life, and I'm accustomed to crocodiles. I know when one poses a danger," he stated.

The ministry thanked Perticato for allowing access to his riverbank property, enabling the crocodile's capture. Additionally, a three-meter-long crocodile has also been captured from Ross River due to its threat to public safety.

Caution Advised

The Herbert River crocodile was trapped along the riverbank. Both crocodiles are now destined for crocodile farms or zoological gardens. However, authorities warn that the removal of these crocodiles does not render the rivers safe.

"The Townsville region is crocodile territory, and people should make sensible choices around water and not be complacent," said Tony Frisby, the Department of Environment's wildlife manager, in the statement.

It is estimated that between 20,000 and 30,000 saltwater crocodiles inhabit the Australian state of Queensland.

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