Sunday, 7 February 2016

Crocodile caught on Townsville tourist beach is 'macho dude' with one eye and three teeth

The 4.7-metre saltwater crocodile captured near homes and parks was a ‘bit of bruiser’, say wildlife staff, and bore the scars of a lifetime fighting over territory

Australian Associated Press
Thursday 4 February 2016 03.17 GMTLast modified on Thursday 4 February 201603.37 GMT

A large crocodile caught at a tourist beach near the centre of Townsville is a “macho dude” who has one eye and three teeth, according to wildlife protection staff who caught him.

It took state environment workers hours to capture the 4.7m-long saltie – assumed to be a male due
The crocodile had been first spotted about 9km north of the city on Wednesday morning and was tracked by lifesavers and Queensland environment officers to where he was caught.

Wildlife operations manager Michael Joyce said the crocodile was probably aged over 50 and would have spent his life fighting other males for territory.

“He was described to me as a bit of a bruiser,” Joyce said. “He’s very much a macho dude who’s probably just getting a bit long in the tooth.”

Joyce said it was unusual for a crocodile of that age and size to still have all its limbs and tail.

The ageing reptile could have been moving to a new waterway or patrolling his territory when he was spotted, he said.

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