It looks innocuous. Just a mound of mud, reeds, vegetation washed up on the water’s edge. But when Queensland mother Liza Giudice discovered it on her property she realised the danger her family was in.
The mound is the nest of a saltwater crocodile, and the eggs are due to hatch in May.
Guidice discovered the nest on her Mossman cane farm in January, and reported it to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in the hopes of having it removed. Yet, three months later it remains.
“The response has been ‘don’t touch it, keep away and we will put up a [warning] sign’,” Giudice told The Daily Mail. “They basically said they can’t do anything unless it’s being aggressive.”
But for the mother of two, a sign simply doesn’t cut it.
“This is an apex predator we’re talking about,” she said. “They’re aggressive when they are nesting and prowl around looking for food – whether that’s dogs or kids or whatever they can find.”