Australian rangers capture massive crocodile after 8-year search

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

The saltwater crocodile is estimated to weigh more than 600 kilograms (1,300 pounds) and to measure out at 4.7 meters (15 feet), according to ABC News.

A picture of the massive croc showed it with its jaw tapped down and its body tightly bound to a grate with ropes.

Wildlife rangers in the North Territory captured a mammoth crocodile Monday.

Wildlife rangers in northern Australia captured a massive 600 kilogram (1,300 pound) crocodile after first spotting it almost a decade ago.

"He has been taken to a croc farm in the Katherine region".

"We've called it a lot of things over the years because it's been so hard to catch", Burke said.

The 1,300-pound predator was caught about 185 miles from the ocean and about 19 miles downstream from Katherine Gorge, a major tourist attraction outside the town of Katherine, the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife officials said.

Ranger John Burke told Sunrise crocodiles removed from the river system were on average about 4.2 metres long.

The caption warned: "Large crocodiles can move around Top End waterways undetected and you should always Be Crocwise". It was caught and killed in 1974, also in the Northern Territory.

"That sort of croc, in my opinion, is the most risky to people", Webb said. This has sent them farther upstream into freshwater areas.

"It's worrying, but it's good that they've got an active program and they've got active traps", Webb said. Though it's record-breaking for the area, elsewhere in the wild, saltwater crocodiles can be much larger.

Saltwater crocodiles, affectionately referred to as salties, can be spotted throughout the Northern Territory.

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