If you went out to cast a ballot in Northern Ireland’s Assembly election on Thursday you might have met a crocodile voting too.

Crocodiles were in fact one of the key issues in the Northern Ireland election - or so Sinn Féin would have you believe.

The joke came about after Northern Ireland’s outgoing First Minister Arlene Foster was asked about giving more rights to Irish language speakers - something her Democratic Unionist Party has long resisted on cost grounds.

"If you feed a crocodile, it will keep coming back for more," she told the media on the campaign trail last month.

Sinn Féin revelled in the slight and have been making crocodile jokes ever since.

"See you later, alligator," the party’s President Gerry Adams quipped at his own campaign event that day.

On the look out for Crocodiles in Omagh today with Gerry 'Dundee' Adams. 🐊 pic.twitter.com/u1si92Uovb

— Barry McElduff MLA (@BarryMcElduff) March 1, 2017

Crocodile Hunt Goes On. pic.twitter.com/uwXdI98Zin

— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) February 27, 2017

@GerryAdamsSF crocs voting for equality in Andersonstown. Vote Sinn Féin pic.twitter.com/Z2M08JKIpa

— Bill Groves (@Billgroves) March 2, 2017

Let's get all the crocs out to vote - this one did bright and early #AE17 #crogaill #respect #vote - Vótáil Sinn Féin pic.twitter.com/PGRJmzv6NQ

— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) March 2, 2017

@GerryAdamsSF crocodiles lurking round every corner pic.twitter.com/OnT2WpmbZk

— Bill Groves (@Billgroves) February 20, 2017

Crocodiles out in Upper Bann reminding the DUP of the letters they forgot to mention for three weeks. #AE17 #crogaill #RHI pic.twitter.com/hQ2ZycuCiH

— Republican Youth (@sf_ry) February 28, 2017

Beannachtaí na féile Vailintín!

Happy #Valentines Day from the crocs! #LáAnGhrá #Crogaill #MarriageEquality pic.twitter.com/42jurmfgwK

— Republican Youth (@sf_ry) February 14, 2017

A couple of snappy chaps making their way to the nearest polling station in north Belfast. #VótáilSinnFéin pic.twitter.com/Ybo4r7BP3X

— NorthBelfastSinnFéin (@SFNorthBelfast) March 2, 2017

But the Sinn Féin might need to watch out - the Traditional Unionist Voice party is looking to drain the very swamp the crocodiles depend on to survive…

48hrs until election day. Time to make the change! pic.twitter.com/GzClfQ1OgT

— Jim Allister (@JimAllister) February 28, 2017

Crocodile voting in Northern IrelandTwitter / @Desmond_Funk