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It is a crime in Australia to kill crocodiles in certain areas without permission with the maximum penalty for killing a creature over 16.4ft being £1,658,428.
It is thought the crocodile had been dead for a few days before being noticed by a member of the public who then contacted environmental officers.
Local farm owner John Leaver, who ran a crocodile removal service for two decades, said an animal of that size had not been caught in Queensland for 20 to 30 years.
Michael Joyce, who works for the department of environment and heritage protection, warned river users about the increased threat from crocs following the death.
Wildlife experts have warned of increased aggression by young male crocs as they compete for dominance