Crocodile observed downstream of Rolling Stone Creek



Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation (DESI) have confirmed the presence of three large crocodiles at Rollingstone Creek, north of Townsville, well downstream from a swimming hole.

The crocodile was observed during a land survey of the stream on March 5, 2024, well downstream of the swimming hole where the estimated 3 meter crocodile was discovered over the weekend.

Wildlife Officer Tony Frisbie said the swimming hole was searched, along with parts of the creek upstream and downstream of the Bruce Highway.

“Two of the crocodiles were over 3 meters long and the other was about 3 meters long,” he said.

“We found no signs of crocodiles upstream of the swimming hole, and no crocodiles were seen in the swimming hole.

“The 3m crocodile we saw well downstream from the swimming hole may be the same one photographed and videotaped on March 2, 2024.

“None of the crocodiles we observed exhibited any alarming or dangerous behavior, so they are not candidates for removal.

“Rolling Stone Creek is home to crocodiles and this is a timely reminder to the people of the greater Townsville region that we are crocodile country.

“People are responsible for their own safety in Croc Country and we ask people to make wise choices near the water.

“Crocodiles are highly migratory and can be found in streams and waterways throughout northern Queensland, even without warning signs.

“Given recent heavy rains and rising river levels, crocodiles are particularly active and mobile at the moment.

“We would like to remind people to report all crocodile sightings to the Department for the Environment, Science and Innovation as soon as possible.”

Crocodile sightings can be reported using the QWildlife app, by filling out a crocodile sighting report on the DESI website or by calling 1300 130 372. The department investigates all alligator sighting reports it receives.

People in the greater Townsville area are encouraged to become CrocWise:

  • Expect alligators to be present in all waterways, even without warning signs
  • Obey all warning signs – warning signs are for your safety
  • Crocodiles also swim in the ocean, so be especially careful near the water at night.
  • Stay well away from alligator traps, including when fishing or boating.
  • Avoid using canoes and kayaks, as the smaller the vessel, the greater the risk.
  • When fishing, stand far from the water’s edge and do not reach for lures.
  • Camp at least 50 meters from the water’s edge
  • Never leave food, fish remains, bait, etc. near water, campgrounds, boat launches, etc.
  • Never provoke, harass or feed a crocodile
  • Always supervise children and keep pets on leashes near water.

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