Darwin Crocodiles

Allow me to introduce you to Crocodile Dundee, Mk 2. Not quite in the same vein as the original, this man happens to be TRH (The Retired Husband). But those teeth on his new leather hat ARE real crocodile teeth.  And those skins he is standing next to (see below) are real NT croc skins. (Genuine Aussie ones – not wild. There are lots of those around up here too.) As is that mega expensive handbag = AUD 3800. We popped into this shop conveniently located next to Crocosaurus Cove where we had just been immersed in things reptilian.

Sunday was an awesome day. We immersed ourselves in fish, snakes and reptiles. Not literally.  But we did learn a lot about these not so enticingly cute creatures.

We saw a snake being fed a dead rat. We saw turtles being fed kale and carrots. We saw BIG crocodiles, little crocodiles. BIG snakes. Poisonous snakes. Non-venomous ones too. Lots of lizards. This is all after having fed lots of fish with bits of bread.

 

This is from the NT News today – Monday 18th June  (I am grateful it was in the paper only this morning)  –

‘A GIANT saltie was captured at a popular fishing spot in Darwin yesterday.It took a team of four NT Parks and Wildlife rangers to remove a massive 4.3m crocodile from a trap in Sadgroves Creek at about 4pm on Saturday.

NT ranger Ian Hunt said the old saltie was the second biggest croc they’ve caught this year, weighing about 400kg.

“It’s not normal to find a croc of his size at Sadgroves,” he said. “The average would be 2m in that area — which is about half his size.

“Even though we’re well into the dry now, we just a 4.3m croc, so it’s a timely reminder for people to stay croc wise around Darwin waterways.”

It comes two months after a 4.7m croc was pulled from Darwin Harbour.

Mr Hunt said the crocodile looked about 50-60 years old.

“He was actually really heavily covered in barnacles up his back and down his tale, so he’s obviously been out in the ocean for a long time,” he said.

“It’s interesting to see because it shows us that he’s swum a good distance out at sea, it looks like he’s been on a big journey to get where he is.

“It’s also interesting that we had no reports about him. Nobody rang up to say that they’d seen a large crocodile in the area, even though there are plenty of people who live around Sadgroves Creek.”

A 4.3m saltwater crocodile was removed from Sadgroves Creek on Saturday afternoon. Picture: NT Parks and Wildlife

Some 167 saltwater crocodiles have been captured in the Top End so far this year.”

I’m not surprised the locals do not go swimming at the beach or in the rivers.  This ‘little’ beauty was captured not that far from where Marc lives.

We finished the day by going to the cinema to watch the latest Star Wars movie, Solo. Life at the Top End is not dull!

© Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace
Appreciate and respect all of nature’s bounty

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Darwin Crocodiles

  1. Nice hat on TRH and I’m sur you will be going home with that new bag. My goodness!.
    As for the crocks. We have alliators here. Big alligators and once a year they offer up a hunt for the biggest. You have to kinda bid for a spot to hunt. It is kinda scary I used to water ski ,and people still do, in the lake where some of these are.

    1. Some people have no common sense do they! I think the bag is a pipe dream – I’m not that attached to having one 🙂 I can think of plenty of other things I’d rather spend that mount of money on 🙂

    1. You don’t want to mess with crocs. Their bite power is equivalent to a 3800 ton truck. And no, that is not a typo! If this gets loose, watch out! They can run surprisingly fast…. I think they try to relocate them to crocodile sanctuaries.

  2. THR looks fearsome😀. Looks you all had a very educational Sunday, learning about reptilians. It is pretty cold here 12.4 yesterday so the Darwin temp of 31 is just nice. Good time to be over there.

    1. There are so many here – huge ones – none of the locals go swimming at the beach, rivers or lakes. Every year silly people ignore warning signs and end up inside a croc!

      1. It’s hard to understand why anyone would take such a risk. I think they’re one of the scariest animals on earth – and so lacking in physical charm – if I was about to be mauled by a tiger or a polar bear, at least I could appreciate their beauty before having my head torn off 🙂

      2. Yet they are probably the oldest surviving species, along with the cockroach 😦 These ones that lurk in populated areas are relocated to wildlife parks usually. They are a protected species, so it is illegal to hunt or kill them. There are signs everywhere with phone numbers to contact if you sight one. The rangers come and capture them.

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