Croc horror! Australian discovers snappy intruder in backyard

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An Australian homeowner recently received the shock of their life when they discovered a crocodile in their backyard.

The three-foot-long freshwater crocodile was discovered on 30 April at a home in Umina, on the Central Coast.

Australian Reptile Park Operations Manager and veteran crocodile keeper, Billy Collett, was able to safely capture the crocodile and transport it back to the park, where it received a full health evaluation.

According to Collett, the female freshwater crocodile is estimated to be between eight and 10 years old and appeared to be in good health.

However, it is believed that the crocodile was being kept illegally as a pet, as freshwater crocodiles are not native to the Central Coast region.

"We're grateful to the homeowner for alerting us to the presence of the crocodile," said Collett. "Freshwater crocodiles may not be as dangerous as saltwater crocodiles, but they are still wild animals and can be unpredictable. It's always best to leave them to the experts.

“I was incredibly shocked when we received the call – freshwater crocodiles are usually found about 2,500 kilometres north of where we are here on the Central Coast. I honestly had to see it with my own eyes before I could believe it! We want to remind the public that keeping wild animals as pets is illegal and dangerous without a licence."

The Australian Reptile Park team has reported the incident to National Parks & Wildlife, who will determine the next steps for the animal. For now, the crocodile is in safe hands and will undergo a full veterinary examination.