Flood-hit Australians Urged To Watch Out For Crocodiles In ‘Unexpected Places’

The historic flooding has also displaced crocodiles and snakes, according to officials who issued a warning of wayward reptiles in floodwaters.

Over the past week, record levels of rain have deluged Queensland in northeastern Australia, prompting emergency evacuations – as well as some surreal sights.

Hundreds of people have been forced to leave their homes in and around Townsville, a city on the coast of Queensland that has suffered the bulk of the unprecedented flooding. Nearly two feet of rain have fallen in the region since Jan. 26, the New York Times reported.

Residents have been spotted kayaking down veritable rivers where pavement used to be. Others caught off guard by the incessant downpour had to flee to their rooftops for immediate safety. Throughout the region, whole blocks of houses are half-submerged in murky water.
And then there are the animals.

The historic flooding has also displaced crocodiles and snakes, according to officials who issued a warning Monday of wayward reptiles in floodwaters. Already, some residents had posted pictures of crocodiles spotted in distinctly human environments.

“Cannot stress it enough to stay out of the water,” Townsville resident Erin Hahn wrote on Facebook Sunday, beneath a picture of a crocodile at the end of her father’s driveway.

Several other Townsville residents spotted a crocodile seeking refuge above water on the trunk of a toppled tree.

Queensland officials warned residents Monday to expect crocodiles and snakes to turn up in “unexpected places” in the wake of the flooding. “Crocodiles prefer calmer waters and they may move around in search of a quiet place to wait for floodwaters to recede,” Queensland environment minister Leeanne Enoch said in a statement. “Crocodiles may be seen crossing roads, and when flooding recedes, crocodiles can turn up in unusual places such as farm dams or waterholes where they have not been seen before.”

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