3m long surprise for passing motorist on Bruce Highway
WHEN Proserpine pool builder Carl Parkhill went for a drive on Monday afternoon, the last thing he expected to see was a three-metre-long crocodile, just 10 metres from the side of the Bruce Highway at Lethebrook.
Mr Parkhill was travelling at the regulatory 100km per hour when he noticed the reptile at about 1.30pm.
He drove home to collect his camera and returned to the site about one hour later, where he was able to take some snaps.
“That star picket you can see – that’s the boundary of the property off the highway,” he said.
“The croc was only about 10 metres off the road, just sitting there.”
Mr Parkhill said he was “a bit shocked” but it was a cold day and the reptile was obviously sunning itself.
“But it’s a good reminder for all the people who go fishing there to keep away because there are some big crocs in there.” Director of Wildlife for the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), Rebecca Williams, said while the crocodile sighting had not been reported to EHP, “this is known crocodile country and people should always exercise caution when in the area”.
She said EHP rangers would visit the location and erect temporary “recent sighting” signs.
Crocodile sightings can be reported to EHP on 1300 130 372.
The department investigates all crocodile reports it receives.
SPOTTED: Carl Parkhill took this picture of a three-metre-long crocodile just 10 metres from the Bruce Highway in Lethebrook on Monday.