Froggy went a courtin’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

ONE small white-lipped tree frog mis­took Dain­tree River’s king of croc­o­diles Scar­face for a log and jumped on top of him, to the amuse­ment of an on­look­ing wildlife cruise.

One kilo­me­tre from the Dain­tree ferry last Sun­day af­ter­noon, David White was con­duct­ing a tour of the Dain­tree river on board So­lar Whis­per when they spot­ted the tree frog on Scar­face.

Scar­face is a 4.5 me­tre dom­i­nant male croc­o­dile and did not seem too even no­tice the small in­ter­loper.

‘‘We just came back on the last cruise of the day when we saw the frog sit­ting on his back. He prob­a­bly jumped out of the tree be­cause a snake was chas­ing him and swam over to what he thought was a log,’’ Mr White said.

‘‘They thought it was funny and were sur­prised Scar­face didn’t no­tice, but when they’re ly­ing around like a log most of the time they do noth­ing - un­less the croc­o­dile is hun­gry then it might grab some­thing.’’

Mr White said the lo­cal croc­o­diles are start­ing to be­come more ac­tive as the weather slowly warms up and breed­ing sea­son be­gins.

‘‘They do start mov­ing around a lot more and be­come more ag­gres­sive, it’s a danger­ous time of year we are com­ing into,’’ he said.

‘‘Scar­face isn’t sun­bak­ing all day any­more; he warms up by lunchtime then swims around his ter­ri­tory and makes sure all of his girl­friends are alone - he’s got about 15 of them.’’


LIV­ING DAN­GER­OUSLY: a white-lipped tree frog sit­ting on top of Scar­face the croc­o­dile

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