Too close for comfort: Massive crocodile discovered ‘sticking its head under the fence’ of family’s Cardwell backyard prompts urgent action

A 2.5 meter crocodile hanging around a family’s backyard in north Queensland has been trapped and removed by authorities.

Rangers from the Department of Environment, Science and Innovation removed the crocodile after its unwelcome presence was raised by the family with the authorities in mid-January.

It is believed the animal was within 15-20 meters of the family home following recent heavy rainfall and flooding in the Cardwell region caused by ex-tropical cyclone Kirrily.

“The crocodile came up to the fence and tried to stick its head under,” wildlife officer Ella Meeve told AAP.

A 2.5m crocodile (pictured) has given a family in Queensland a shock after they found it sticking its head under the fence of their home.

A 2.5m crocodile (pictured) has given a family in Queensland a shock after they found it sticking its head under the fence of their home.

The area falls under zone ‘E’, a general management area for crocodiles.

Hinchinbrook Shire and Cardwell are common areas to find crocodiles over any body of water.

“Where this property was located, it did have connections to other creeks and rivers in that area,” Ms Meeve said.

‘Way up in that area you should expect to see a crocodile in any kind of body of water. This is a typical crocodile habitat.’

The 2.5m salt was caught by deploying a floating trap in the nearby water with pig cheese.

The crocodile was hanging out in the backyard of the house after recent heavy rainfall and flooding caused by ex-tropical cyclone Kirrily and was immediately caught (photo)

The crocodile was hanging out in the backyard of the house after recent heavy rainfall and flooding caused by ex-tropical cyclone Kirrily and was immediately caught (photo)

Within a week, the animal was safely captured and wildlife officers are now trying to find it a new home after it was taken to a detention facility in Townsville.

“There’s a lot of it, you’d be surprised,” quipped Ms Meeve when asked about alligator paperwork.

Authorities have issued warnings to be ‘crocodiles’ and to expect crocodiles in all northern and far north Queensland waterways, even if there are no warning signs.