- A live 4.7 metre-long saltwater crocodile has been captured by rangers in Australia’s Northern Territory.
- First reported to authorities eight years ago, it weighs 500-600kg and is thought to be more than 60 years old.
- It’s the biggest croc removed from the Katherine River in almost 20 years, and has been taken to a farm, far away from the general population.
A giant saltwater crocodile living near a town in Australia’s Northern Territory that was first reported to authorities eight years ago has been captured.
The 4.7m-long male beast was trapped near Florina, a town on the crocodile-infested Katherine River about four hours’ drive south of Darwin.
A spokesperson for the NT Parks and Wildlife service told Business Insider the animal weighed between 500 and 600kg. This makes it the biggest crocodile ever removed from the Katherine River by the Wildlife Operations Unit.
Saltwater crocodiles are known to aggressively attack and kill people and their presence in built-up areas is a constant risk in the Darwin region.
At 4.7m, the croc caught today is the size of a Nissan X-Trail and among the biggest crocodiles ever captured in the Northern Territory. The record is held by a 4.95m monster captured in 1999.
The crocodile was caught in a trap, and NT Parks and Wildlife rangers sedated it before loading it on to a trailer and taking it to a farm.
It’s believed to be more than 60 years old.
Authorities first became aware of the enormous crocodile in 2010 when members of the public said they saw a dark tail near a local boat ramp.
Deep and murky waterways in the area — the type of waters that make the Northern Territory so dangerous for swimmers — have helped it remain hidden. The photos below show just how big the animal is.
Rangers posed with a boat and the crocodile after it was sedated
It was loaded onto a trailer with its jaws tied, so it could be safely transported to a crocodile farm
Here it is photographed after it was first caught in a trap, eight years after it was first reported as a menace in the local town
This video posted by a local reporter shows the size of the croc next to a bystander
NT Parks and wildlife have caught the biggest croc in Katherine to date. Rangers have been chasing the 4.71 m saltie for 10 years. pic.twitter.com/EfL3JIXhFr
— Roxanne Fitzgerald (@rfitz18) July 9, 2018
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