Turkish Cypriot authorities are investigating reports there were crocodiles in a water reservoir outside Nicosia, reports said.
Daily Kibris quoted zoologist Mert Besiktas as saying that he had been asked to investigate reports claiming there were crocodiles in a reservoir near Kioneli, north of Nicosia.
Besiktas said initial investigations did not find any evidence of crocodiles however, according to Kibris, vet authorities in the north denied giving such instructions.
The zoologist suggested there was a high probability of crocodiles inhabiting the reservoir since many Turkish Cypriots buy them from the Republic for €200 and transport them illegally to the north.
It becomes difficult to look after them when they grow, however, leading their owners to dump then in reservoirs, he said.
Similar reports made the news in the Republic some years ago.
One claimed there was a crocodile in the Kalopanayiotis reservoir but authorities could not find any signs.
Nor could they confirm other rumours that the aquatic reptile lived in a reservoir in Limassol.