How to stay crocodile safe in outback Australia

Crocodile Safety in Australia

Debate about the risk of being attacked by crocodiles has been sparked this week after a 47-year-old man was killed by a 3.5m croc in Kakadu National Park. The man was pulled under water by the 3.3m creature while wading through the notoriously croc-infested Cahills Crossing, which had become flooded. The man’s body was later found and the crocodile was killed so the man’s body could be collected, police said. Saltwater crocodiles are responsible for most of the croc attacks in Australia with 39 people being attacked in Australia since 1869, 31 of them being men. If you are thinking of spending some time in the Australian outback, take note of these tips and stay safe while you’re there. Here’s how to stay crocodile safe in the Australian outback. 

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1. Steer clear of flood waters

According to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, flood waters are notoriously dangerous spots and should be avoided. Flooded waterways make it possible for crocs to get around much easier than usual. 

2. Obey the signs

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If there’s a sign that says that there are crocodiles in the water, take heed and avoid going for a swim. Those signs have been put there for a reason.

3. Be wary of watering holes

Not all bodies of water are going to have a safety sign in front of it, so in known crocodile territory, it’s best to keep out of the water entirely. Do your research before you visit the area, and find out whether or not it is actually safe to jump into the water before you go ahead and do anything.

4. Keep your distance from the water

Staying out of the water in some parts of the country just won’t be enough and it is advised that people keep away from the water’s edge. The closer you get to the water, the quicker you could be pulled in and attacked.

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5. Fishing scraps

If you’re fishing in croc territory, then the same rules apply. Don’t stand too close to the water’s edge and never clean fish or throw scraps into the water. You’ll just entice the crocs to come your way.

6. Look out for slide marks

Crocodiles aren’t just found in the water, they do make their way onto land as well, so it pays to look out for what are called slidemarks, which are left after, you guessed it, crocodiles slide in and out of the water. If you spot one of these marks, then keep your wits about you and keep an eye out.

Do you have any other crocodile safety tips for people venturing into the Australian outback? Let us know in the comments section below.

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