Christmas Ck croc off to captivity

This crocodile was captured in Cairns this week.
This crocodile was captured in Cairns this week.

A THREE METRE crocodile caught by rangers in Cairns appears destined to spend the rest of its days in captivity.

A trap was set for the crocodile last week after it was spotted in Christmas Creek, which runs through an industrial area surrounded by mangroves.

The area is a known crocodile habitat and has a permanent crocodile warning sign in place.

After being assessed, the animal will be offered to a registered crocodile farm or a zoo.

Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Andrew Powell said the animal was caught within Cairns's Crocodile Urban Management Area.

"Crocodiles greater than 2 metres in length that are found in these areas are declared crocodiles of concern and are targeted for removal," Mr Powell said.

The government announced last week it was working with local councils in North Queensland to develop tailor-made crocodile management plans.

"Although we've removed this crocodile, there is no way to guarantee rivers in known croc country are free of crocodiles," he said.

"People still need to exercise care and caution in croc country."

Topics:  cairns crocodile

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