The animal virtually melts into the surroundings and this can lead into a dangerous situation. One who moves between the waters edge and the animal will put it into a state of heavy stress that could be fatal for the human intruder. Even a small crocodile in panic could under circumstances snap oneâ€™s leg and inflict major injuries by spinning around.
To create vibrations by stepping strongly, just as doing it when bushwalking in certain situations to give sunbathing snakes an easy chance to flee might help here as well. But the situation could also be different: As its camouflage works so well, even a very large saltwater crocodile lying somewhere will not automatically be recognised by the human eye, but more likely would be seen as a log or just as nothing but regular ground.
In such a case, the possibility of falling prey can not be ruled out completely. So being very attentive and concentrated is always advisable when moving along remote banks.