The farmer, who was described as being a “veteran” in his sixties by public broadcaster ABC, had stopped by a lake when he noticed fish swimming in the middle of its receded water. As he began to step away a crocodile "latched" onto his right foot, he said.
Mr Deveraux initially tried kicking the reptile in the ribs with his left foot and then, when that didn’t work, bit the animal 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.
The farmer was able to make a break for it and says the crocodile gave chase for "maybe four metres" before it stopped. It all happened in about eight seconds, Mr Deveraux estimated.
Mr Deveraux got a towel and some rope to strap up his leg and stop the bleeding, before being driven by his brother to a hospital around 130km away.
"Biggest problem was having to clear out all the bad bacteria [from the wound] ... so all of the billabong water full of mud, goose s***, duck s***, and crocodile teeth marks," he said.
"It [my foot and leg] was opened up bad and over 10 days in a row, I think, they had to flush it," he said.
He has been in the hospital receiving treatment for the past month, and received a skin graft earlier in November. He is now able to feel his toes, which has given doctors hope he will be able to walk out of the hospital soon.
"If he [the crocodile] had bitten me somewhere else it would have been different,” Mr Deveraux said.
"It means I've got to change what I do. I've been walking around that swamp country too long fixing fences and living life, but it's opened my eyes."
Mr Deveraux claimed that the reptile that attacked him had been "removed", without going into details. Crocodiles are a protected species in Northern Territory.
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