Croc ’snapped’ at a popular CQ fishing spot
It's been 30 years since local mud crabber had seen a saltwater croc in Horton's Creek on the Capricorn Coast until a recent fishing trip.
While checking his crab traps with son Stewart, Ray Anes spotted a croc he believes was "at least two metres" on the riverbank.
He said it was uncommon to see crocs in that area, so he was surprised to see a larger croc had moved in.
"It was a bit of a shock," he said.
"The area is a pretty popular fishing spot, so I just want people to be aware that there is a decent size croc there."
Horton's Creek is a small creek just to the north west of Keppel Sands in the Cawarral Creek system.
The creek is also close to the boundary of the Koorana Croc Farm.
Farm owner John Lever said it was not an escapee but agreed the sighting was most unusual.
"That's very strange to see them there, and that would be a breeding aged crocodile," he said.
Despite their names, saltwater croc's need some amount of freshwater to survive and for that reason, the croc was probably passing through tidal coastal creek.
"They can't drink salt water - they need to be around some source of freshwater," he said.
After looking at the photo, Mr Lever agreed the animal was over two metres as estimated by Mr Anes.