Crocodile euthanised at Lizard Island

Issued: 27 September 2020

This morning, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) wildlife officers humanely euthanised a small estuarine crocodile just off the headland near Anchor Bay, Lizard Island.

The 2.5 metre crocodile was declared a ‘problem crocodile’ to be targeted for removal after it bit a man on the head and neck while snorkelling in Anchor Bay around 4pm on 23 September.

The man was treated at the scene before being flown to Cairns Hospital where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

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

DES reminds people that Lizard Island and surrounding waterways are known Croc Country and urge people in the area 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.

Further information is available on being Crocwise.

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.