5m 'icon' croc caught in Babinda and moved to Cairns

Issued: 16 Sep 2020

Image of five metre crocodile was removed from a popular swimming area in Babinda

This five metre crocodile was removed from a popular swimming area in Babinda.

Department of Environment and Science (DES) wildlife officers have captured and removed a 5-metre crocodile from a cane drain about 1km from a popular swimming area near Babinda, and about 2km upstream from where the drain joins the Russell River.

The department had been monitoring the animal and set a trap on 14 August to remove the croc.

The crocodile was captured this morning and an inspection has revealed the elderly animal has no teeth left. DES wildlife experts suggest the animal is around 70 years old.

Due to its large size, (greater than 4m) the crocodile must be dealt with as an ‘icon crocodile’ under Queensland’s conservation laws.

The animal can only be placed with a registered crocodile farm or zoo which agrees to use it for educational purposes about crocodile conservation.

The placement of an icon crocodile must also be done in consultation with the relevant Traditional Owners.

The department will work in partnership with traditional owners to select a suitable facility for the crocodile.

The croc is currently being held at a DES wildlife facility in Cairns while arrangements are being made to accommodate and present the crocodile in accordance with its icon status.

Members of the public are encouraged to report crocodile sightings as soon as possible, by calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all reports it receives.

Babinda is known Croc Country and people in the area are reminded to always be Crocwise. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL far northern Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign
  • Obey all warning signs – they are there to keep you safe
  • Be aware crocs also swim in the ocean and be extra cautious around water at night
  • Stay well away from croc traps – that includes fishing and boating
  • The smaller the vessel the greater the risk, so avoid using canoes and kayaks
  • Stand back from the water’s edge when fishing and don’t wade in to retrieve a lure
  • Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near water, camp site or boat ramp
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead
  • Remember, you are responsible for your own safety in Croc Country
  • Report all croc sightings to DES by calling 1300 130 372.

Find further information on being Crocwise is available.