Last updated 01 May 2020
All crocodile sightings in Queensland (estuarine and freshwater) should be reported to CrocWatch on 1300 130 372. The department records and investigates all crocodile reports made by the public and will take appropriate action in accordance with the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan. Your reports help in determining the crocodile movements in the area.
CrocWatch provides data on crocodile management activities for all estuarine crocodiles.
Always remember that no natural waterway in crocodile country is ever 100% crocodile or risk free, and the public should remain Crocwise at all times when in and around crocodile habitat. CrocWatch should not be regarded as advice on where it may or may not be safe to swim.
Crocs in croc country
Crocodiles may be present wherever there is suitable habitat for them and:
- it is only natural for a crocodile to live in crocodile habitat
- the presence of a crocodile in the wild does not in itself make it a threat to public safety
- crocodiles are highly mobile and, although unlikely, may move into areas outside their usual range.
Even though estuarine crocodile numbers are still recovering, they are the iconic animal that gives much of north and central Queensland—‘croc country’—its unique character.
‘Croc country’ begins at the Boyne River near Gladstone and sweeps north across suitable crocodile habitat, including coastal estuaries and rivers, offshore islands and wetlands, sometimes hundreds of kilometres inland.
If you see a crocodile in Queensland report it to CrocWatch.
Remember: the longer you take to report a sighting, the less likely it is that the crocodile can be located.
The department records and investigates all Queensland crocodile reports made by the public.
The department will take appropriate action in accordance with the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan.
If the department determines that a crocodile poses an unacceptable risk it is dealt with as a ‘problem crocodile’. It is then targeted for removal from the wild and taken to a zoo or crocodile farm or, in some cases, humanely euthanased. View current problem crocodiles.
Summary of estuarine crocodile reports across the state under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan in 2020
|Report type||Number of reports|
|Problem crocodiles removed||14|
|Problem crocodiles otherwise resolved||13|
Summary of estuarine crocodile reports across the state under the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan from 14 March 2017
The terminology used is from the new Queensland Crocodile Conservation Plan as of 14 March 2017.
|Year||Problem crocodles removed||Problem crocodiles otherwise resolved||Crocodiles reported|
The yearly summary total of crocodile reports is updated weekly.
For more information on any of these crocodile reports click on the link in the above table.
Summary of estuarine crocodile reports across the state using the terminology in the previous crocodile management approach up to 13 March 2017
Note, the previous Crocodile Management Plans and Crocodile Urban Management Areas were superseded by the Queensland Crocodile Management Plan on 14 March 2017.
For more information on any of the non-active reports see archive crocodile sightings under the previous crocodile management approach.
|Year||Resolved crocodile of concern||Confirmed crocodile sightings||Unconfirmed crocodile sightings|
2017 – to 13 Mar