SNAKES Downunder proprietor Ian Jenkins and freshwater crocodile Bert celebrate 12 months together at the Childers reptile park. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. BIT burt(b) 2502.
SNAKES Downunder proprietor Ian Jenkins and freshwater crocodile Bert celebrate 12 months together at the Childers reptile park. Photo: GARY HUTCHISON. BIT burt(b) 2502.

Park the place for Bert

TWELVE months after baby freshwater crocodile Bert was found on Airport Drive, the little snapper is getting along swimmingly in his new home at Snakes Downunder Reptile Park.

Park owner Ian Jenkins said Bert, named after Bundaberg aviator Bert Hinkler, had doubled his length and now measured 543mm. He weighs just 400g.

“He is right on schedule and he won’t double his length again for another four years,” Mr Jenkins said.

For the anniversary of his arrival, Bert is set to get two new playmates — Mr Jenkins picked up two freshwater crocodiles that hatched in October at Billabong Sanctuary, in Townsville, from the airport yesterday.

“We’ll keep these two separated for a couple of months before we introduce them to Bert,” he said.

Mr Jenkins said the park swapped five Cunningham skinks with the sanctuary.



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