'They can be anywhere': Eerie warning after scary find near suburban streets

People in the Northern Territory are being urged to be alert after a member of the public reported a giant crocodile at a suburban waterway in Darwin.

Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife shared the incredible photos of the 1.44 metre saltwater crocodile which was removed from Rapid Creek earlier in the week.

“A member of the public did and provided our croc management unit with a photo and the exact location,” the Facebook post said.

A photo of the 1.44m crocodile near the waters edge at Rapid Creek in the Northern Territory.
The saltwater crocodile was reported by a member of the public and it was removed from the Rapid Creek area. Source: Facebook/Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife

“A trap was installed in Rapid Creek and the 1.44m saltie [saltwater crocodile] was removed this morning [on Tuesday morning].”

NT Parks and Wildlife said it encouraged the public to report crocodile sightings and provide as much information they could, including the location, estimated size, time of day and your contact information in case the rangers needed additional information.

“Photographs and exact locations can prove invaluable,” the post said.

“This is also a timely reminder that crocs can be found in any waterway and to always Be Crocwise.”

“No swimming there this weekend,” one person wrote underneath the post.

According to the NT government’s website, people can report crocodiles which pose a risk to public safety, 24 hours a day and anywhere in the Top End.

The crocodile after it was captured with its jaws taped shut.
It was captured and removed on Tuesday morning after it was reported. Source: Facebook/Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife

Crocs should be reported if they are close to a swimming area, in an area which is signposted as ‘open’ for swimming, in a residential area or if they are acting aggressively or posing a threat to the public.

Once a crocodile is reported, trained and authorised wildlife rangers remove the reptile by trapping, harpooning or shooting it.

Saltwater crocodiles pose a “serious” threat to humans, according to the the NT government, and they are the “largest living reptile species”, growing up to six metres in length.

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