where are the largest crocodiles found
The Guinness Book of World Records notes that the aforementioned species of crocodile can grow to more than 7 meters (nearly 23 feet) in the wild:
This is a genuine photograph of a crocodile. However, it was not 28 feet long, nor was it killed in 1957. This photograph was actually taken decades earlier and shows a crocodile of undetermined size that appears larger due to forced perspective.
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)
Since the Guinness World Record for largest croc applies to living animals, Lolong lost his badge of honor and Cassius was again crowned the world’s largest living crocodile in captivity.
“I didn’t expect to ever see a crocodile greater than 20 feet long in my lifetime, not an experience I will forget easily,” wrote Britton, senior partner of the Australia-based crocodilian research and consulting group Big Gecko. (See pictures of alligators and crocodiles.)
Suspected of attacking several people and killing two, the giant reptile was captured alive in the Philippines’ Bunawan township (map) last September. (See pictures of Lolong’s capture.)
It measures 18.37 feet and weighs a ton. He is currently 80 years old and lives on the Adelaide River, in Australia.
He was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the largest captive crocodile in the world. It measured 20.24 feet and weighed 1075 tons, breaking Cassius’ record. It was a saltwater crocodile that lived in the city of Bunawan, Philippines.
A crocodile will eat almost anything that moves. Hatchlings and young crocodiles eat small fish, snails, crustaceans, and insects. Adults feed mostly at night on fish, crabs, turtles, snakes, and small mammals. The growth rate of crocodiles varies with food availability and temperature. Digestion is efficient only within a certain range of body temperatures. Generally, crocodiles grow more slowly near the limits of their range.
Predation, degraded hydrologic conditions, and habitat loss are the most important factors influencing the success of crocodiles in Everglades National Park. Although adult crocodiles have no natural predators other than humans, hatchlings have a high mortality rate and are preyed upon by other wildlife including raccoons, birds, and crabs. Alteration of salinity and water levels in Florida Bay resulting from extensive drainage programs throughout south Florida also are a factor. Crocodile nests that are too wet or too dry result in egg mortality. Suitable year-round crocodile habitat was lost with the development of the upper Florida Keys.