Residents are being warned to stay out of the water after a crocodile was spotted roaming the streets in flood-hit Townsville.
The Queensland city, on Australia’s north-east coast, has been hit by record rainfall with over a metre falling in the space of the week, leading to flooding described by the Bureau of Meteorology as “unprecedented”.
In one affected suburb, Mundingburra, a family spotted a crocodile outside their house.
Erin Hahn wrote in a Facebook post: “Croc out the front of my dads place in mundingburra, O’Reilly street, Ross River Road end. Cannot stress it enough to stay out of the water”
The crocodile, thought to be between one and two metres long, swam off shortly after Erin’s dad Shaun took the photo.
Another croc was spotted in Annandale, just over the river from Mundingburra.
Queensland’s environment minister, Leeanne Enoch, has warned people that snakes and crocodiles could turn up in “unexpected places”.
“Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and they may move around in search of a quiet place to wait for floodwaters to recede,” Ms Enoch said.
Be aware of crocodiles and snakes in floodwaters - they can turn up in unexpected places during flooding. Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and they may move around in search of a quiet place to wait for floodwaters to recede. More info: https://t.co/6wCrFdBJBR— Leeanne Enoch MP (@LeeanneEnoch) February 4, 2019
“Crocodiles may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding recedes, crocodiles can turn up in unusual places such as farm dams or waterholes where they have not been seen before.
“Similarly, snakes are very good swimmers and they too may turn up unexpectedly.”
She said crocodiles and snakes could appear near any of north Queensland’s waterways, and that they should not be approached.
- Press Association