Australian rangers snag record-size crocodile near tourist spot

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

She said that rangers found the average size of crocodiles in the area was about 4.2 metres. "You've got to have a bit of respect for it".

The captured crocodile was tightly bound to the cart.

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

Ranger Chris Heydon told the Katherine Times that once in the trap, the giant reptiles are sedated, "so there is no chance of us getting chomped".

According to Reuters, the male crocodile, estimated to be 60 years old, weighs more than 1,300 lbs. and is one of the larger crocodiles on record in the remote area - and the biggest ever taken from the Katherine River.

The post included a photo showing the crocodile tied down on a trailer with duct tape around its jaw.

KATHERINE (Northern Territory), July 10 - An elusive monster saltwater crocodile weighing 600kg has finally been caught after an eight-year hunt in Australia, officials said this morning. This year, 190 have been captured.

NT Parks and Wildlife observed three large crocodiles during aerial surveys in May. The creature, which was more than 20 feet (6 feet) long, was killed and its head removed by an ax, according to the website.

Northern Territory-based crocodile expert Grahame Webb said saltwater crocs, also known as estuarine crocodiles, were heading farther upstream into fresh water river systems as their population has boomed since they were protected by federal law in 1971.

The crocodile population has exploded since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, with the killing of an elderly woman previous year reigniting calls to curb their numbers.

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