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Australia : Watch out for dangerous wildlife in floodwaters.

There could be dangers lurking beneath the surface of floodwater, and Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch is urging residents in Far North Queensland to take care.

With more rain and possible flooding predicted in Far North Queensland, Ms Enoch said bull sharks, crocodiles and snakes could be on the move, and could turn up in flooded areas.

Ms Enoch said floodwater could contain harmful and contaminated material, and also dangerous wildlife. Crocodiles could be on the move in search of a quiet place to wait out flooding, Ms Enoch said.

They usually prefer calmer waters but during periods of flooding they can move into new areas where they havent been seen before. Bull sharks could also be lurking in the water. Over the years, bull sharks have been spotted in floodwaters in Queensland, including last year following Cyclone Debbie.

It is important to remain vigilant and avoid floodwaters you never know what is lurking underneath the surface. Minister Enoch also said residents should watch out for snakes.

Snakes are very good swimmers and may turn up in unexpected places, Ms Enoch said. Department of Environment and Science Senior Wildlife Officer, Dr Matt Brien, said people should leave snakes alone if they see one.

If you see a snake, dont attempt to catch or remove it, Dr Brien said. Either leave it alone to go its own way or contact a local licensed snake removalist. Dr Brien also urged residents to report any crocodile sightings to the Department of Environment and Science as soon as possible on 1300 130 372.

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Date:Mar 28, 2018
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