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How to become a Crock Smart:

Never fish near the edges of nallahs connecting creeks.


Never dispose animal wastes near nallahs of creeks.
Be vigilant while landing boats in creeks.
Never use same spot in water related activities.
Never clean fish/chicken/meat near water.
Never dangle hands or legs in water during boat rides.
Never throw garbage along nallahs, wet land and creeks.
Never throw dead fishes in the water by the fisherman at the
place where fishing boats are to be landed.
Never enter/swim in the water in crocodile infested nallahs
and creeks.
Never let the domestic animal roaming near nallahs and
creeks.
Never go to the flooded area near nallahs and creeks during
heavy rain.
Never roam near the crocodile nesting site during breeding
period.
1. Stay away from infested waters :

a) Ask local residents and authorities about the presence of


crocodiles or alligators in creeks and nallahs.
b) Don't go swimming outside of designated areas or in water
where these animals are present.
2. Be aware of your surroundings :

a) If you're going to be in or around water in an area where


crocodilians roam, it's imperative to remain vigilant at all times.
b) Alligators and crocodiles can hide themselves very well in water,
often keeping only their eyes and nostrils above water or
submerging entirely.
c) Keep your distance from the water when walking on shore,
crocodilians frequently attack fishermen and people gathering
water on the shore
d) Avoid thick vegetation that provides these animals with good
cover.
3. Be careful during boat ride :
a) Always sit properly in a boat avoiding the edges & sides of the
boat.
b) Do not dangle arms or legs during a boat ride into the water.
c) Docking & undocking of a boat should be done in a safe place.

4. Stay at least fifteen feet away from crocodiles:

a) Always stay far away from nests or baby crocodilians, as


mothers are fiercely defensive.
b) Crocodilians can produce short bursts of speed (up to 17km
per hour) on land that can take you by surprise if you're too
close.
c) In the water, these animals are far faster than humans.
5. Avoid surprising the Crocodiles :

a) If you see you're going to come anywhere close to a crocodilian,


dont make noise by slapping the water with your oars when
boating or blowing a whistle.
b) Stay away from riverbanks when coming around bends in a river.
c) Crocodiles or alligators basking on the shore may attack in self-
defense if you surprise them.
6. Run away from the Crocodile :

a) Run away from the water, as crocodiles rarely run on land unless
they're trying to get back into the water and out of danger.
b) The commonly-repeated instruction to run in Zig-Zag is
useless:
c) The quickest way to put distance between the animal and you is
to run away in a straight line.
7. Fight back if you're attacked :

a) Crocodilians can stay underwater for much longer than humans


can, so the only hope of survival if you're attacked in this manner
is to fight back and get away.
b) Simply struggling and trying to pull free is useless and may
induce the animal to go into an underwater death roll, during
which an arm or leg stuck in the crocodile's mouth will likely be
ripped off.
c) Go for the eyes. The most vulnerable part of a crocodile's or
alligator's body is its eyes. Try to hit or poke the eyes with
whatever you have handy: an oar, a stick, or a knife.
d) Go for the nostrils or ears. While not as sensitive as the eyes,
the nostrils and ears can be effectively attacked.
e) A hard blow or a cut to the nostrils or ears may cause the animal
to release you.
f) Go for the palatal valve. Crocodilians have a flap of tissue
behind the tongue that covers their throats when they submerge
in water. This flap prevents water from flowing into their throats
and hence prevents the crocodile from drowning when its mouth
is open. If your arm or leg is stuck in a crocodile's mouth, you may
be able to pry this valve down. Water will then flow into the
crocodile's throat, and animal will most likely let you go. Hard
strikes to this valve may also cause the animal to release you.
8. Get medical attention promptly :

a) A crocodilian's mouth harbors a tremendous amount of


bacteria, and infection is almost guaranteed if a bite is not
treated promptly.
b) Tie off the injured portion with a rope or your handkerchief to
prevent blood loss.
c) Shout for help immediately if you are injured by a crocodile to
get immediate medical treatment.