How to Search

Exploring the dataset

There are currently two methods of exploring the dataset, using a Simple Search or an Advanced Search. We will continue to refine each of these search tools, but for the moment here is an explanation of what is possible with each one.

Simple Search

This provides a quick means of exploring the database.

Data of Incident - filter the database by year, or a year range as defined by a selection of operators.

Outcome - filter the database by outcome, whether the attack was fatal, non-fatal, or unknown.

Species - filter the database by crocodilian species, or some combination thereof.

Advanced Search

This provides a number of parameters for filtering the database and exploring the results. Each time a filter is selected, the total number of incidents is displayed on the right together with a list of which filters are current. Any filter can be removed by clicking on the '-' icon next to it, or click "Remove current filters" to reset all. The Incident Table and Geographical display will be updated with each filter added or removed. This can take several seconds depending on server load, please be patient and wait for the database to refresh after selecting or removing each filter.

Date of Incident - filter the database by year [no range filter is currently available]

Country - filter the database by country. Multiple country filters can be applied.

Sex of Victim - filter the database by the victim's sex, either male, female or unknown.

Age of Victim - filter the database by the victim's age. Any range can be selected.

Outcome of Attack - filter the database depending on whether the attack was fatal or non-fatal.

Species - filter the database by crocodilian species. Multiple species filters can be applied.

Size (m) - filter the database by estimated size of crocodilian responsible. Sizes listed in meters. Multiple size filters can be applied.

Crocodylus acutus

What are the access rights and usage policy?

You may download a limited sample of this data for research purposes. Any other re-use is strictly prohibited without express written permission. See Access Policy for full details.

Incident listings

This table lists every incident that meets the current search criteria. The total number can be seen under Incidents displayed where filters are listed and can be removed if necessary by clicking on the '-' next to each one. Here is an explanation of the table columns:

Details - click on the incident number to open the detailed incident page for that record.

Date - the recorded date of the incident (see incident page for accuracy).

Country - the country where the incident took place.

Victim - the sex of the victim, if recorded.

Age - the age of the victim, if recorded.

Outcome - whether the attack was fatal or non-fatal, if recorded.

Species - the species that was recorded as responsible for the incident.

Size (m) - the size of the crocodilian responsible, if recorded.

Geographical display

[Advanced Search only] Under the incident table is a map of the world showing the location of every incident that meets the current search criteria. The map can be panned and zoomed by dragging the mouse and using the controls on the left, and the base layer can be changed between satellite and physical imagery or a hybrid of both (top left icon). Clicking on any incident will bring up a small pop-up window showing Date (recorded date of incident), Species (species responsible), Victim (sex of victim, if recorded) and Outcome (whether fatal or non-fatal, if recorded). Clicking >>more will open the incident page for that record.

Incident page

This page shows all the recorded details for the incident. The date of the incident is listed, followed by a brief description of the key details. Where the source is a media article, a thumbnail of the scanned article can be seen to the right of the description, and clicking on this will show the full-size version. Below the description is the location, provided as locality and country (green) followed by the site (black). Beneath this is a small map showing the recorded location of the incident. The map can be moved and zoomed by dragging with the mouse and using the controls on the left. The right-hand column shows the incident details, as follows:

Outcome - whether the attack was fatal or non-fatal, if recorded

Victim age - the recorded age of the victim

Sex - the recorded sex of the victim

Activity detail - what the victim was reported doing at the time of the attack

Witnessed - whether or not the attack was witnessed

Overall quality of report - an assessment by the moderator of the likely accuracy of the report, ranked 1 to 5 (1 = no detailed information; 5 = forensically detailed).

Date of incident - the recorded date of the incident where known, with Date precision noted (precise, or with an error range).

Species - the species considered responsible, with Certainty noted (certain, probable, uncertain, not collected).

Size (metres) - the size of the crocodilian, where recorded, with Size precision noted (high certainty, low certainty, unknown)

Location accuracy - the accuracy of the attack location, measured by the Location scale provided.


About the crocodilian

A drop-down window with a brief overview of the crocodilian species responsible for the attack, including a photo portrait, a distribution map (click to enlarge) and a link to further information (provided by

Further information

Please review the definitions and explanations of the data table underlying this summary.