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Both saltwater and freshwater crocodiles inhabit the Daly River. They can also be found in the many billabongs in the area. During the wet season, the floodplains fill and crocodiles move onto these billabongs. The flesh of the crocodile can be eaten and is very tasty, but the tail flesh is considered the best. In the past crocodile meat was eaten more often. Generally they were hunted from canoes by following the trail of bubbles left when they travel under water. When the crocodile came to the surface it would be stabbed with a short, sharp spear made from ironwood. The eggs are also collected and eaten after cooking. The eggs have a large tasty yolk. Collecting eggs from the female’s nest is considered quite dangerous.
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