A crocodile measuring greater than 4 metres lengthy has been captured in a north Queensland marina after lunging at a person on a houseboat.

The reptile was reported to authorities after launching itself on the houseboat, and in a separate incident, taking a canine.

The animal was captured at Cardwell Marina, north of Townsville, on Monday, lower than every week after a 3 metre crocodile was caught in the identical location.

It comes after a harmful 4 metre crocodile named ‘Herbie’ was captured on the Herbert River in Cordelia six weeks in the past after “stalking” individuals and animals.

Wildlife officer Ella Meeve stated as a result of dimension of the most recent animal caught, it’s thought of an ‘icon crocodile’.

“This implies the choice on the place the crocodile can be positioned and housed have to be made in session with the related Conventional Homeowners,” she stated.

“It additionally signifies that the animal could solely be positioned with a registered crocodile farm or zoo which agrees to make use of it for instructional functions about crocodile conservation and their ecology.”

Meeves stated the crocodiles had been doubtless interested in the realm as a result of they’d discovered meals within the marina.

“I’m asking everybody who makes use of the marina to make smart selections across the water, and that features the correct disposal of undesirable bait and fish frames,” she stated.

“We consider the animals entered the marina as a result of they might scent baited crab pots, or had been being intentionally or inadvertently fed by individuals discarding fish frames within the space.”

The crocodile has been briefly relocated in a Division of Setting, Science and Innovation holding facility whereas Conventional Homeowners are consulted in regards to the animal’s future.

Each the captured crocodiles are anticipated to be positioned in a farm or a zoo.


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