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Phuket officials keeping an eye out for crocodile, possibly a water monitor lizard

Jack Arthur

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Phuket sandboxers have 1 more thing to keep track of as a crocodile may still be on the loose. Officials from the Sirinat National Park are still on the lookout for a crocodile in the region after a search yesterday did not uncover the scaly reptile. Officials speculate that the crocodile may actually be a water monitor lizard.

Park officials were assisted in their search by a team from the Phuket Fisheries Office. The crocodile was last reported seen in Koh Kata, on the northern tip of Layan Beach. The combined forces searched from 2:30pm until 4:30pm but did not report seeing any crocodiles, says Chief of the Phuket Fisheries Office, Watcharin Rattanachoo. The team consulted lifeguards and local fishermen, who also did not report seeing any crocodiles.

Watcharin adds that several monitor lizards were seen in the area being fed by local fishermen. He says that they now believe whoever spotted the “crocodile” may have been looking at a monitor lizard and mistook it for a crocodile.

“We have not been able to find any crocodiles like the one reported,” adds Watcharin.

The Chief concluded his remarks by saying that officials have coordinated with lifeguards and the head of the park protection unit to look out for any crocodiles in the area; which is a standard procedure to keep people safe.

Back in July, Si Racha residents were warned of the presence of baby crocodiles in a local lagoon. The month before that, crocodiles escaped from a farm in Trat.

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SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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Jack is from the USA, has a B.A. in English, and writes on a variety of topics. He lives in Thailand.

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