Watch out for crocodiles and snakes in floodwaters

Published Monday, 04 February, 2019 at 01:50 PM

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

The Palaszczuk Government is warning people in north Queensland to be aware of crocodiles and snakes in floodwaters.

Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said crocodiles and snakes could turn up in unexpected places during flooding.

“Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and they may move around in search of a quiet place to wait for floodwaters to recede,” Ms Enoch said.

“Crocodiles may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding recedes, crocodiles can turn up in unusual places such as farm dams or waterholes where they have not been seen before.

“Similarly, snakes are very good swimmers and they too may turn up unexpectedly.

“If you see a snake, don’t attempt to catch or remove it. It’s best to leave snakes alone to move on of their own accord, or you can contact a local licensed snake removalist if you need assistance.”

Ms Enoch said other wildlife, such as cassowaries, may also take refuge on elevated ground away from their normal habitat, such as on roadways or sportsfields.

“It’s best to leave these animals alone,” Ms Enoch said.

"And if you see a crocodile, please report it as soon as possible to the Department of Environment and Science on 1300 130 372.

“The Department investigates all reports it receives.

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

Ms Enoch said it was very important to always be Crocwise in Croc Country. In particular:

  • Expect crocodiles in ALL north 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
  • Never provoke, harass or feed crocs
  • Always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead 

Further information on being Crocwise is available at:

A number of National Parks may also be closed due to the current weather events. For a full list of National Park and Forest closures, visit


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