Froggy went a courtin’
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