largest recorded living crocodile
An old photograph showing a relatively large crocodile is frequently shared on social media accompanied by the caption: “The only known photograph of the 28-foot crocodile that was killed in Queensland, Australia in 1957”:
The picture was likely taken in 1914 along the banks of the Roper River in the Northern Territory of Australia. While we have yet to find the original source of this picture, we did find a scan of it that seemingly shows its original caption: “Miss Cross and Mr Joynt near crocodile, Roper River 1914, CMS Hart Collection, Darwin.”
Named Cassius, this nearly 18-foot-long (5.48 meters) Australian saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) was crowned the world’s largest captive croc by Guinness World Records on Jan. 1, 2011. The animal lives at Marineland Melanesia on Green Island, off the coast of Cairns in Queensland. The more than 100-year-old beast has quite the appetite, with Marineland keepers feeding him chicken, fish and pork, according to the park’s website.
Cassius, who tips the scales at more than a ton (nearly 1,000 kilograms), lost his record for about a minute in late 2011. That’s when Lolong, a saltwater crocodile caught in the Bunawan province of the Philippines, measured in at a whopping 20.24 feet (6.17 meters)
Like a mentioned before, in 2012, a saltwater crocodile named Lolong stole the spotlight from Cassius as the world’s largest captive croc. Lolong was caught in September 2011 in the Philippines, after a three-week-long manhunt that had been sparked by suspicions that he had eaten a fisherman, a 12-year-old girl, and numerous water buffalo in the area.
Dominator can be most accurately thought of as Brutus’s rival and is frequently sighted by tourists during sightseeing boat rides. Located a short distance down the Adelaide River from Brutus, he fell under scrutiny in recent years as the number one suspect of a deep flesh wound sustained by his slightly smaller arch-rival. It is Brutus vs. Dominator!
It measures 18.37 feet and weighs a ton. He is currently 80 years old and lives on the Adelaide River, in Australia.
This crocodile measures 19.68 feet and lives in Burundi, on the banks of the Ruzizi River and on Lake Tanganyika. Its record is scary.
A 2004 documentary Capturing the Killer Croc, shows the attempts of Patrice Faye and other scientists to humanely capture and kill Gustave using a baited trap cage. Faye had spent two years investigating the crocodiles and its violent activities before setting out to capture Gustave on a two month deadline. The attempt ultimately failed and the team was forced to leave the country due to political instability. For a time, Gustave was believed to be dead as he did not surface and attempt another attack in years. However, he was confirmed to be sighted again in 2008, with rumours of sightings dated as recent as 2015. Elusive as ever, Gustave’s reputation of being a “serial killer” has elevated him to a mythical status akin to the Loch Ness Monster.
Hakuna was gifted to the zoo, along with a female crocodile named Matata (who died in 2014), by famous actress and singer Josephine Baker. Together, the names Hakuna Matata form an African phrase that means “no worries.”