Wildlife experts are reminding residents and visitors that Central Queensland is croc country.
It follows a number of sightings in the region, including near Byfield National Park and along the Capricorn Coast between Zilzie and Kinka Beach.
Officers say as the weather warms up there will likely be an increase in crocodile activity, with the animals on the move looking for a mate.
Senior Wildlife Officer Joshua Morris says he would like to thank diligent residents in the region for making recent reports.
“Wildlife officers have investigated each report, and people should be aware that as the weather warms up, there will likely be an increase in crocodile activity as male crocodiles will be on the move to find a mate or find new territory,” he says.
“On Wednesday 6 September 2023, we received a report about a large crocodile basking on the bank of Water Park Creek near Byfield National Park.
“During our vessel-based investigation, wildlife officers observed a large crocodile basking on the bank.
“Upon seeing us, the crocodile did not display any dangerous behaviour.
“It slid into the water and did not reappear.
“At the weekend, we received six sighting reports about a crocodile moving along the Capricorn Coast between Zilzie and Kinka Beach.
“We believe the reports relate to the same animal, and a member of the public was able to measure one of the imprints it left on the sand at the northern end of Tanby Beach on Sunday morning at approximately 2.4m long.
“The crocodile would’ve been taking a rest before returning to the water and we believe it is moving between river or creek systems.”
Mr Morris says wildlife officers inspected several beaches over the weekend and on Monday where the crocodile was reported but did not confirm the presence of the animal.
“We have not had another report about this crocodile since Sunday morning, and we’re asking people along the Capricorn Coast to make Crocwise choices near the water,” he said.
“Crocodiles are highly mobile and can move long distances but the animal could still be transitioning along the Capricorn Coast.
“We have provided Crocwise information to the public along the coast.
“Local Surf Life Saving Queensland clubs have also been made aware of the sighting and are supporting DES by monitoring beaches and posting warning to beach goers.
“If anyone sees the animal, please report it to the department.”
If you see a crocodile you are being urged to report it through the Qwildlife app or through the DES website.