Man bites back the crocodile that attacked him — and lives

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An Australian farmer survived a gnarly saltwater crocodile attack after biting the three-metre reptile in the eyelid.

Colin Deveraux, a 60-year-old cattleman, said the incident occurred while he was on his way to build a fence near the Finniss River last month.

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He stopped by a lake after noticing some fish swimming when he was suddenly attacked by the crocodile.

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“The water had receded and it was down to this dirty water in the middle. I took two steps and the dirty bastard [the crocodile] latched onto my right foot,” Deveraux told Australia’s ABC News.

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“It was a big grab and he shook me like a rag doll and took off back into the water, pulling me in.”

Deveraux tried kicking the crocodile in the ribs with his free left foot and attempted to bite it back.

“I was in such an awkward position… but by accident my teeth caught his eyelid. It was pretty thick, like holding onto leather, but I jerked back on his eyelid and he let go,” he said.

“I leapt away and took off with great steps up to where my car was. He chased me for a bit, maybe four metres, but then stopped.”

He recalls the attack lasting “about eight seconds.”

Deveraux used a towel and some rope to halt the bleeding from his leg before being driven by his brother to the nearest hospital 130 kilometres away, where he has been receiving treatment ever since.

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Doctors had to clear out bacteria caused by the lake water “full of mud, goose s–t, duck s–t, and crocodile teeth marks” from his leg to avoid infection.

“It [my foot and leg] was opened up bad and over 10 days in a row, I think, they had to flush it.”

Deveraux received a skin graft this month and can now feel his toes.

“If he had bitten me somewhere else it would have been different,” he said.

The farmer said he will be more cautious of his surroundings following his near-death experience.

“I’ve been walking around that swamp country too long fixing fences and living life, but it’s opened my eyes,” he said.

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