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bjld
07-14-2011, 12:33 AM
Hi all

I thought some of you might like to see some footage from the Northern Territory of Australia of saltwater crocodiles:

http://www.news.com.au/travel/australia/brutus-a-monster-croc-not-a-crock/story-e6frfq89-1226094375720

Apparently some people thought the footage posted on the net was a fake so some journalists shot some more.

Brutus is 5.5 metres long and 70 or 80 years old, but Barabas is 6 metres/20 feet long.

Decades ago the biggest crocodiles were shot but not any more.

Dogs and cattle get eaten all the time.

As for humans it's mostly tourists so I guess there's no incentive to start shooting them again any time soon.

Regards
Ben

John Kielly
07-14-2011, 01:39 AM
The risk of ending up crocodile lunch can be a bit overblown. Have a look at the top 20 causes of death here over 3 sample years: http://abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Products/B6940E9BF2695EE1CA25788400127B0A?opendocument

In a similar perios, there were 9 known cases of people being taken by crocs.

alinwa
07-14-2011, 02:50 AM
If I ever get to Oz I'll be wary of the spiders....

al

bjld
07-14-2011, 03:49 AM
Don't worry about spiders - from John's statistics you should be more worried about death from heart disease if you visit. ;-)
I'm willing to bet that of 9 cases of people being eaten by crocs in 3 years that more than half were tourists.
I'd still be happier if they shot the big ones - I don't like the idea of anyone suffering the terror of being eaten.
Worse still when the relatives don't get any remains to bury.
Ben

John Kielly
07-14-2011, 08:03 AM
Nah, they were mostly locals - http://www.smh.com.au/national/recent-crocodile-deaths-in-australia-20090411-a3b2.html

We're patrticular about how we fertilise the ecosystem.

Vern
07-15-2011, 11:26 AM
John does this mean you dont want Yankalizer in your ecosystem?

jackie schmidt
07-15-2011, 12:29 PM
I can't amagine anything more horrible than getting snatched by one of those monsters.

Of course, they are just doing what Crocs do. They divide things up into two categories, things they can eat, and things they can't. The things they can't eat is a pretty short list.

There is a zoo somewhere in the States that has a absolutly huge American Alligator, 16 ft+ or so, and thousands of pounds. He has a front leg missing. One of the humerous things was one of the guys on the show said, 'geeze, I would hate to meet up with what bit his leg off".........jackie

brian roberts
07-16-2011, 02:08 AM
Swimming in swamps?? Swimming in rivers, at NIGHT?? I wouldn't even jump in a POOL at night, in Aus, unless the lifeguards had shotguns.

I had Rob Kothe tell me, that (I think), out of the top 20 deadliest snakes in the world, 17 call Aus 'home'.
"When walking at night you just, 'stay on the pavement' from the door to the car".
"What do you mean? Oh, never 'cut across the lawn'.....even your own." :eek:
That did it; if I ever DID go there, I'd definitely be a 'daytime only' tourist.

alinwa
07-16-2011, 02:42 AM
snakes like warm roads at night....

bjld
07-18-2011, 01:47 AM
There's about 250,000 people in the 500,000 square miles of the Northern Territory - if there's 3 confirmed deaths each year by crocodile that's a lot.
My parents can remember when shooting crocodiles stopped decades ago - apparently one of the last killed was 8.5 metres or 25 feet long.

I had a cat who used to bring brown snakes into the house.
I've heard they're the 3rd most venemous snakes in the world, although they're not very aggressive.
Mind you, I'd rather not find them half chewed and alive in my house.
Being chewed by my cat seemed to make them a little edgy.

Stonewall
07-26-2011, 09:30 AM
Hmmm there is a certain lack of common sense here.

http://tools.ntnews.com.au/photo-gallery/photo_gallery_popup_preview.php?category_id=1065&offset=0

alinwa
07-27-2011, 02:53 AM
Hmmm there is a certain lack of common sense here.

http://tools.ntnews.com.au/photo-gallery/photo_gallery_popup_preview.php?category_id=1065&offset=0

Hey now Stonewall, I'm more scared of moose than crocs eh! How many people you know that play around with mooses?

al