The Northern Territory is full of crocodle stories. Crocodile Dundee helped make it that way. They regularly appear on the front page of the NT News , the local newspaper, and there are several large tourist ventures that use crocodiles as their money spinner.
Locally, they are VERY respected. Definitely not to be abused, or treated lightly.........or it might cost you your life.
It seems as if that is not always the way things are. I am a bit shocked, but a recent news article shows a Costa Rican man actually playing with his pet crocodile. Read about it here; see the photos.
It is mind boggling. Not something one does lightly.