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The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Jan 2015



The Northern Territory news Tue 6 Jan 2015

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TUESDAY JANUARY 6 2015 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Sneaky croc sharpening up his canine teeth at Marlow RANGERS are hunting a crocodile accused of stalking dogs at a popular family spot in rural Darwin. Sightings of a 2m crocodile lurking at Marlow Lagoon were reported to authorities on Sunday. Amy Batey said her husband Matthew thought he saw something swimming towards him while throwing the ball for their pup at the dog park. At first he thought nothing of it as we often see fish breaking the water, she said. As he got closer he yelled out to me to grab the (pup and our older dog) as it was definitely a croc. Being so oblivious to the potential danger of our precious pup becoming a snack is quite scary. Mr Batey saw the crocs head and part of its tail, and estimated it was about 2m long. The couple, who work for the Australian Defence Force, drove to another part of the park and spread the word. Lorraine Murphy, who was walking her dog Coco, said she had never spotted the elusive Marlow croc. But I know its there, she said. Its a freshie so youve just got to keep an eye on it because the last thing you want is your dog chasing a croc. If it was a saltie, someone would have lost a dog by now. Ms Murphy said Territorians should always assume there was a croc in every Top End creek, river and billabong. NT Parks and Wildlife croc catchers laid a trap and went spotlighting for the beast last night. Pepper the doberman is on the lookout for crocs with Chloe and Harper Plumeier at Marlow Lagoon, where a 2m croc has been spotted Picture: AARON BURTON Twice as many going too fast THE number of speeding drivers on Territory roads at Christmas and New Year almost doubled compared to the same period last year. Operation Crossroads saw 142 drivers fined for speeding from December 23 to January 3. The number was up 80 per cent on the 78 speeders caught in the 2014 festive season. There were 63 drink-drivers the same figure as last year. More than 100 people were caught driving disqualified, suspended or unlicensed and 58 people were issued with seatbelt fines. Traffic Operations Superintendent Bob Rennie said many were stupid enough to try to get away with drink-driving. They put their lives and the lives of others at risk, he said. Territory spirit aids fire victims BUSHFIRE victims in South Australia will soon be feeling the generosity of Territorians. Adelaide-born Natalie Jeggo appealed for donations in Darwin and was overwhelmed by the response. Ive been up here for a long time but Im an Adelaide girl at heart, she said. Ive got a lot of friends and family down there and thought there has to be some way I can help. The Rosebery resident put a call out on Facebook community pages and has so far gathered five boxes of essential items to help bushfire victims. A lot of people are still getting in touch to donate, she said. Toll have donated space in their trucks to transport the goods to Adelaide. Frog puts the bite on snake NIGHT-TIME serenading can be hungry work. So it was lucky this green tree frog was able to snap up a snack-sized snake in between songs. And Katherine local Adam Buzzo was in the right place at the right time to capture the spectacle on camera. The 26-year-old was alerted to the frog enjoying its wriggly feed by his pet dog. I heard the Jack Russell barking and went out to investigate and saw the green tree frog, he said. I went to put it in a plant pot and saw the snake hanging out of its mouth. Mr Buzzo put the dog away and watched the frog devour the colourful serpent. It would have taken about half an hour and the snake was trying to wriggle right up until the end, he said. I didnt see how big the snake was but Im guessing it wasnt too big if the frog got it. Once the frog was done, I picked him up and put him in a pot plant. Hes still hanging around now. Greg Smith from the Territory Wildlife Park said the snake was likely a ringed brown snake though it was possibly an orange-naped snake. Id say it was easily about a year old, he said. Mr Smith said green tree frogs were opportunistic feeders and would snap up anything going. Adam Buzzo caught a green tree frog eating a snake