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DeaconBlu
03-27-2008, 12:19 AM
I've heard you have salt water crocs up your way. Are these the big monsters I've heard about? How dangerous is it to live near them? Do you have any statistics?

Thank you for any help on this.

Voyager
03-27-2008, 12:20 AM
So many Asstralian jokes, but I won't...

mscelina
03-27-2008, 12:21 AM
:ROFL:

Assies? ASSIES?

:roll:

Sorry to laugh so hard at a typo but that's the funniest thing I've seen today. Assies....oh...my...gawd.

DeaconBlu
03-27-2008, 12:21 AM
OMG I know, I need a mod! LOL

mscelina
03-27-2008, 12:23 AM
ROFLMAO. Better get a supermod. Haggis or Rolling Thunder would NEVER change the title of this thread. Oh no...they'll leave you with it until the Aussies get here.

*snicker, chuckle, laugh, guffaw*

Voyager
03-27-2008, 12:26 AM
ROFLMAO. Better get a supermod. Haggis or Rolling Thunder would NEVER change the title of this thread. Oh no...they'll leave you with it until the Aussies get here.

*snicker, chuckle, laugh, guffaw*
Dear god, Deacon, run for you liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife

rtilryarms
03-27-2008, 12:27 AM
OMG I know, I need a mod! LOL

Got ya covered.

mscelina
03-27-2008, 12:27 AM
oh rats. someone did change it.

dangit.

I'm still going to laugh about Assies though. I just can't help it.

chevbrock
03-27-2008, 03:52 AM
Thanks (for nothin!), it's pronounced "arse" in our neck of the woods! lol

To try and answer your question, Deacon. I'm not northern enough to have regular contact with salties (thank heavens for that!), but yes, they get very, very big. And yes, living with them can be very dangerous. They are one of the most well-adapted animals on Earth, which pretty much explains why they haven't changed much since the dinosaurs roamed.

They can swim really fast, they can run really fast, and they are expert and camouflaging themselves. Females can be very agressive, particularly when she is defending her clutch of eggs. You get a news report every year or so about some poor bloke spending days up a tree, while the croc below cruises around, waiting for him to try and make a break for it.

And yes, they really do get that big!

Dunno about statistics. Maybe the net can help. Bureau of Statistics, maybe?

JJ Cooper
03-28-2008, 02:19 AM
Assies hey! Yeah the crocs are that big they sometimes take up two lanes of traffic. But we just bounce right by them on our pet kangaroos.

Just do a google search for the Steve Irwin Asstralia Zoo, that should give you the answers or links you're looking for.

JJ

chevbrock
03-28-2008, 03:43 AM
Steve Irwin... I was watching him this morning. Still hard to believe he's gone :(

pdr
03-29-2008, 09:18 AM
Yes, they are very big and very dangerous.
You do not camp on or near a river bank or billabong. You don't swim, and you do take notice of the warning signs.

I haven't got actual stats but the box jellyfish actually kill more people than the Salties. However several people, idiot enough to get too close to water where Salties are, do get killed each year.

Voyager
03-29-2008, 09:50 AM
Assies hey! Yeah the crocs are that big they sometimes take up two lanes of traffic. But we just bounce right by them on our pet kangaroos.

Just do a google search for the Steve Irwin Asstralia Zoo, that should give you the answers or links you're looking for.

JJ

Hey JJ, I forgot you was Asstralian :tongue. Maybe it was the salties that ate all the apostrophes?

Jo
03-29-2008, 10:51 AM
Crocs and wet season flooding... yeah, fun. Cairns has a few problems with them. Better beware of them lurking (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/10/30/2074428.htm) in your drains (good fishing (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/oct/25/australia.barbaramcmahon)). Or mistaking (http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23419150-952,00.html) them for logs. Tours (http://www.tropicalexperience.com.au/cairns-cairns_city_tours-103.php) can be fun, too. Just don't drink (http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,23362641-3102,00.html) too much.

Here's some stuff (http://www.wettropics.gov.au/pa/pa_crocs.html) about crocs up there. And some more (http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/crocodile-attacks.html) stuff. Even the government has something to say (http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/nature_conservation/wildlife/native_animals/living_with_wildlife/crocodiles/crocodiles__be_croc_wise/) about them.

http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/image-files/crocodile-sign.jpg

Still, no need to worry.
On average only one person a year is killed by a crocodile in Australia, in comparison three people a year die from bee stings, and thousands from smoking and car accidents so as long as you take some sensible precautions there is no need to worry on your Australian holiday. ^courtesy: http://www.amazingaustralia.com.au/animals/crocodile_attacks.htm ^

http://www.australianaonline.com.au/category17_1.htm

waylander
04-03-2008, 04:21 PM
A recent example

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7327984.stm