Rocky?s off to northern croc harem



IT'S not easy moving, let alone during the festive season. But that is what one former resident of the Fitzroy River is doing this Christmas.

Instead of sunning himself near the Laurel Banks, a 3.1 metre saltwater reptile expected to be called Rocky will be lazing around in Far North Queensland from next year being a cassanova crocodile.

While it sounds like a glamorous life, it's not one the crocodile, which weighs between 90 and 100kg, chose for himself.

He was caught by Queensland Parks and Wildlife rangers early on Friday morning and until his new owners at Cairns Crocodile Farm have set up his bachelor pad, he will be staying at Koorana Crocodile Farm, Coowonga, under the care of owners John and Lillian Lever.

The delay is something Rocky probably welcomes, as he adjusts to life on the farm while still in Central Queensland.

"He's best left alone for a while,'' Mr Lever said.

"The crocodile will be suffering from stress from being taken out of the wild.

"We are keeping him in an isolation pen away from the other crocodiles and away from the public eye.''

Mr Lever said while the male crocodile would probably not eat for three months, when his appetite returned he would eat about a chicken a week.

"That's not unusual, crocodiles can go without eating for up to a year,'' he said.

"This crocodile is not the only one to be taken out of the Fitzroy: we have one Queensland Parks and Wildlife took out of there last year which we called Fitzroy and is a 4m male.

"As well we have here a female taken from the ski gardens in 1985 and a male from the ski gardens in 1991.

"Crocodiles live for as long as 70, 80, 90 years old.

"We have one crocodile here, Shah, who is 85 years old and 4.1m.

"I'd expect this one (Rocky) has the potential to grow a lot more. We have an 800kg, 5.1 metre croc here, Buka, who came from the Ingham area.



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