Question about Australian Crocodiles
by Enya Dunleavy
My name is Enya and.....um I know this sounds stupid but.....in Queensland would you actually come face to face with a crocodile when swimming in a lake/river...I'm from Ireland by the way soooo...I don't have koalas in my back garden!!! (:^P
Rita's response - Australian crocodiles
There is no stupid question, don't worry.
There are two kinds of crocodiles in Australia, the saltwater croc and the freshwater or Johnston crocodile.
The names are a bit misleading, as the saltie can also tolerate fresh water, actually much better than the Johnston croc likes salty water.
You won't find crocodiles everywhere in Queensland. Both species live along the coastline from Broome (Western Australia) to Rockhampton in Queensland.
The saltwater crocodile
lives in river estuaries, billabongs and swamps. They compete with each other for territory. Saltwater crocs are about 5 m (sometimes up to 7m) long. Their weight can be up to 1 tonne (1000 kilograms).
They are the largest living reptiles, and yes, they are dangerous. To prevent any troubles, please obey the crocodile warning signs anywhere in tropical Australia. You really shouldn't swim in a river / billabong when there is the danger that you can meet a saltie.
The are much smaller, and not very dangerous. Of course, when they feel disturbed they can bite. But they won't kill humans.
Freshies live about in the same region, although they move slightly further to the inland. They love rocky gorges where you can see them sun-basking on warm days.