The Kimberley region is very well known for its diverse wildlife and one of the more notorious animals in the area is the crocodile. Both freshwater and saltwater crocodiles are prolific throughout the Kimberley and while they’re incredible creatures, it’s best to appreciate them from a distance! When you head off on a Kimberley boat tour, chances are that you’ll spot a fair few crocodiles along the way so we’re here to fill you in on this unique reptile.
The first thing you need to know is that not all crocodiles found in the Kimberley are particularly dangerous. The smaller freshwater crocodiles live in freshwater rivers, lakes, creeks but can also live in saltwater areas. They can grow up to 3 metres in length but are generally around the 1.5 metre mark. The good news is that freshies aren’t aggressive and are actually quite shy. However, care should be taken in areas where there are freshwater crocodiles – their teeth are still sharp! In particular, you should avoid disturbing freshwater crocodiles during their breeding season.
Although you probably don’t need to worry too much about their freshwater companions, you need to take every caution when it comes to saltwater crocodiles. These huge reptiles can grow up to six metres in length and can weigh up to one ton. They’re highly aggressive and territorial, with every male crocodile needing to have their own separate territory. Despite their name, salties don’t just live in salt water and can also be found in rivers, estuaries and billabongs. You need to be especially careful during breeding season – that’s when salties are at their most aggressive.
Safety when visiting the Kimberley
Saltwater crocodiles are dangerous to humans and you need to always consider your safety when visiting the Kimberley. Below are some basic tips for keeping yourself safe!
- Always keep a lookout for warning signs around waterways – they’re there for a reason!
- Never clean fish or prepare food by the water’s edge as this can easily attract crocodiles.
- Camp at least 50 metres from the water’s edge and don’t go near the water at night.
- Don’t trail your arms and legs in the water if you’re on a boat, even if you’re close to the shore.
- Whether you’re fishing or just taking a walk, don’t venture too close to the water’s edge.
- Ask someone who knows the area before deciding to take a swim in unsigned areas and if in doubt, stay out of the water.
- It goes without saying that you should never try to feed crocodiles or interfere with them in any way.
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If you’re looking for Kimberley boat tours from Broome, contact Ocean Dream Charters today on 1300 944 727.