Crocodile removed from the wild near Mareeba

Issued: 21 Nov 2022

The 4.2m crocodile is an icon crocodile and must be used for educational purposes.

The 4.2m crocodile is an icon crocodile and must be used for educational purposes.

Wildlife officers removed a 4.2m estuarine crocodile from the wild at Biboohra on the Atherton Tablelands following a report from a member of the public.

A member of the public used the QWildlife app and reported seeing what they believed to be a large crocodile in a waterbody at Biboohra.

Wildlife officers confirmed the presence of the animal and set a baited trap, capturing it on 14 November 2022.

Biboohra is in Zone F (Atypical habitat zone). Under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan, all crocodiles in Zone F are targeted for removal from the wild.

All 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 through the QWildlife app or by calling 1300 130 372. DES investigates all reports it receives.

People are responsible for their own safety in croc country and are reminded to be Crocwise at all times. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL Far North Queensland waterways even if there is no warning sign.
  • Stand back from the water’s edge when in crocodile habitat, or keep an object between yourself and the water at all times.
  • Never leave food, fish scraps or bait near the water, at camp sites or boat ramps.
  • Do not provoke, harass or feed crocodiles, regardless of size.
  • Report crocodile sightings through the QWildlife mobile app or by calling 1300 130 372.
  • Be aware that crocodiles can also be found in the ocean and freshwater habitats.
  • Be extra cautious at dawn, dusk and at night.
  • Avoid using canoes and kayaks in croc country - the smaller the vessel the greater the risk.
  • Stay well away from crocodile traps.
  • Camp at least 50 metres from the edge of the water.
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead.
  • Obey all warning signs.

See further information on being Crocwise.