Crocodile victims rarely die from bite

MOST deaths from crocodile attacks in Australia are due to drowning rather than loss of blood due to trauma, a study shows.

The first examination of factors contributing to survival in a saltwater croc attack suggests the body mass of the beast relative to that of the victim is crucial.

Northern Territory experts in wildlife management have reviewed the circumstances of 87 of the 109 crocodile attacks in the wild across the Top End since Crocodylus porosus was declared protected in the early 1970s. Twenty-seven unprovoked attacks

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