crocs for sale!

Written by on 30/09/2019

CRAIG DUNLOP NT NEWS

THE Territory government is looking for buyers to take about 1000 dangerous “problem crocodiles” off its hands.

A government tender which closes next month will see the Territory’s “appropriately qualified and experienced” croc farms secretively vie for the right to buy the problem crocs caught by the Parks and Wildlife Commission’s crocodile management team over the next three years.

Figures in tender documents reveal department sold off 354 crocs in 2017 and 328 last year.

Most of the crocs were caught in the network of traps spread between Two Fella Creek near Wagait and Tree Point at Shoal Bay, although some are harpooned.

“The aim of this program is to remove problem saltwater crocodiles that pose a threat to public safety in the waterways of the Darwin region,” the documents say.

Most of the problem crocs are between 1.5m and 2m, although a handful of the “problem crocodiles” are more than 4m long, statistics show.

The crocodiles, on average, have “third grade” skin, according to the Commission well below the quality sought after by boutique fashion labels, and meaning the beasts will likely end up being skinned, turned into cheaper souvenirs and processed for meat.

The number of crocs caught by the commission varies wildly each year, but 2019 has seen a marked downturn in the number of problem crocodiles trapped near Darwin, with 162 caught across the Territory this year, down by almost a hundred compared to the same time last year.

While premium crocodile skins can sell to international fashion labels for more than $1000, an average skin sells for about $300, and farmers typically reaping about another $200 per animal from meat, bones and teeth, according to a 2016 report.


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