Saltwater crocodile found on street in suburban Melbourne
Saltwater crocodile found on street in suburban Melbourne
Police initially thought the residents may have been exaggerating and the reptile was probably just a large lizard
26 December, 2017, 16:21
Two residents of Melbourne's leafy Heidelberg Heights in the north-east of the city got a shock on Christmas Day when they discovered a crocodile in the front yard of a local business while on a stroll.
The closest location that a saltwater crocodile should be in relation to southeastern Melbourne is some 1,230 miles (1,976km) away in Australia's tropical north.
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Melbourne suburb where a saltwater crocodile was found in relation to it's natural distribution in tropical regions.
The reptile was successfully captured, but where it came from remains a mystery to police.
Now it's not every day that you get a phone call in suburban Melbourne from someone who says "there's a crocodile on the footpath", so police attending the scene expecting some very big bastard of Jurassic Park-proportions to be snapping at them when they arrived.
Officers were called to assist but turned the case over to a reptile catcher instead, ABC News reports.
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