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Crocodile Danger

Never Smile at a Crocodile


crocodile on river bank

Northern Australia's crocodile menace

© Australian Tourist Commission 1997

Just kidding. Of course, you can smile at a crocodile, just don't be eaten by one, especially in northern Australia.

There are two types of crocodiles to be wary of: the saltwater crocodile, the saltie, and the freshwater crocodile, the freshie.

Both are found in northern Australia, in swamps, billabongs, rivers, estuaries, or wherever water is found.

The freshie will leave you alone if you leave it alone. It will attack if provoked.

A real danger

The saltie will attack even when unprovoked and is a real danger. Don’t believe you are safe from saltwater crocodiles if you are far from the sea as they have been sighted much further inland away from salt water.

Freshies have narrower snouts and are rarely more than three metres long. Salties are generally larger and with a fuller snout, and hey! watch out for those teeth.

If you can’t distinguish between the two, or don’t have the time or inclination to figure out what type of crocodile you see, be wary of any crocodile and don’t venture anywhere they are known to be.

You will find saltwater and freshwater crocodiles in Australia's northern regions.

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