Crocodile spotted in Lake Placid

Issued: 13 Jan 2020

A two-metre crocodile has been targeted for removal from Lake Placid, near Cairns.

On 7 January, a member of the public observed a crocodile swimming near the Lake Placid viewing platform and submerging when approached by people. They reported the sighting to the Department of Environment and Science (DES).

DES wildlife officers investigated the sighting immediately and after observing the animal on the far bank, delivered croc-wise safety information to people in the area.

Wildlife officers placed an extra “recent crocodile sighting” warning sign at a viewing platform at the edge of the lake.

Another recent crocodile sighting warning sign was already in place in the area due to an earlier unconfirmed sighting.

Crocodiles that pose a threat to human safety are targeted for removal under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.

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.

Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, Lake Placid is within Zone B (Active Removal Zone). This means that any crocodile confirmed to be present, such as this one, is automatically targeted for removal.

Lake Placid 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 sites or boat ramps
  • 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.

Further information on being Crocwise is available.