Crocodile caught at Lower Seletar Reservoir, water activities remain suspended

Channel NewsAsia 23 Feb 19;

SINGAPORE: A crocodile that was spotted at Lower Seletar Reservoir last week has been caught, said national water agency PUB on Saturday (Feb 23).

The reptile was first spotted by a PUB contractor on Feb 14, prompting a suspension of all water and fishing activities there.

Authorities managed to trap it at the reservoir at about 3am on Saturday.

The reptile, an estuarine crocodile, is about 1.7m long. “It has been translocated into the wild,” said PUB.

According to the National Parks Board (NParks), estuarine crocodiles are one of the largest crocodile species in the world. They have a long snout and a tail with ridges, and can grow to more than 5m in length.

Since the first sighting of the crocodile, officers from PUB and NParks have been conducting daily patrols and night surveillance.

Authorities had also advised the public against going near the edge of the water.

As an added precaution, PUB said on Saturday that both agencies will continue to patrol the area to ensure there are no further crocodile sightings.

Lower Seletar Reservoir will remain closed, with all water activities and fishing activities suspended until further notice, PUB added.

Source: CNA/gs

1.7m crocodile at Lower Seletar Reservoir caught by PUB, NParks
Tee Zhuo Straits Times 23 Feb 19'

SINGAPORE - A crocodile has been caught by the authorities at Lower Seletar Reservoir in the early hours of Saturday (Feb 23).

In a Facebook post, national water agency PUB said that it trapped the reptile at about 3am with the help of the National Parks Board (NParks).

"As an added precaution for public safety, both agencies will continue patrolling activities in Lower Seletar Reservoir next week to ensure no further crocodile sightings," it said.

The crocodile is an Estuarine crocodile, PUB said, adding that it is about 1.7m long.

It has been released into the wild.

According to information on NParks' website, the species, also known as the saltwater crocodile, is one of the largest in the world and can grow to more than 5m.

Such crocodiles inhabit brackish and freshwater areas such as coastal areas and wetlands, and are difficult to see because they are often submerged in water.

They hunt mainly at night, feeding mostly on fish but they may also eat mammals, birds and carrion.

PUB said that officers from both agencies had been conducting daily patrols and night surveillance after a crocodile was sighted in the same reservoir on Feb 14.

The Straits Times had earlier reported on the sighting, noting that water and fishing activities had been suspended and that the PUB was hunting the reptile.

It is not known if the crocodile caught on Saturday is the same one spotted earlier this month.

In Saturday's post, PUB said the reservoir will remain closed, with all water and fishing activities still suspended until further notice.

PUB has advised park visitors not to approach, provoke or feed the reptile but to stay calm and back away slowly if they encounter it and to call PUB on 9632-3261.