Saltwater crocodile captured on camera at Tiaro

A crocodile has been captured on camera at Tiaro.
A crocodile has been captured on camera at Tiaro.

WHEN Tiaro Landcare set up a camera to monitor the nesting behaviour of the white throated snapping turtles in the Mary River at Pioneers Rest, the last thing they were expecting was to capture a photo of a crocodile.

But on June 29, that's exactly what happened.

Two images of the reptile were captured in the river near Tiaro's Petrie Park.

Tiaro Landcare president Marilyn Connell told the ABC that it was a surprise to see something other than turtles in the footage.

The group sent the images to the Departmentnif Environment and Heritage Protection, which confirmed the crocodile sighting.

The animal will now be targeted for removal. 

A post on the Mary Tiver Turtle Project's Facebook page urged those swimming, camping and boating near Petrie Park to exercise caution.

This is the first crocodile to be spotted at Tiaro since the 1960s.

The last crocodile was shot and its skin hangs in the Bauple Museum.


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