Local residents searching for a monitor lizard at a lagoon in the Ko Chan district got an unpleasant surprise when they were bitten by a crocodile instead yesterday, April 27th, 2022.
Volunteers from a local fishery office were notified by local residents in Ko Chan that their ducks had disappeared from the area every day. They believed that those ducks were being eaten by a monitor lizard that they saw many days ago.
Several local residents, who were not specifically named, went down into the lagoon to search for the monitor lizard but two of them were bitten on a leg and another on a hand while in the lagoon. After coming out of the water empty-handed, they spotted an unwelcome visitor in the lagoon- a small female crocodile who had made the area his home.
Water pumps were used to decrease water in the lagoon and volunteers managed to capture the crocodile after about an hour.
The female crocodile was aged around two years old, about 1.37 meters long, and weighs 10 kilograms. The feisty snapper was taken to the local fishery office, which will then relocate the crocodile to a safer location.