Crocodiles are the world’s largest and perhaps most exciting reptiles. These beast are prehistoric creatures that conquered the earth over 240 million years ago. Though crocs are the largest reptile in the world they are victims of “big fish” stories and over-exaggeration. But how big are they actually? Here are 5 of the world’s biggest crocodile ever recorded.
5. Gustave (17 feet)
“This is Gustave, the notorious Nile crocodile that has for decades terrorized the waters of lake Tanganyika, Burundi. While his exact size is unknown, and exaggerated reports have him as large as 25 feet, experts estimate Gustave to be about 17 feet (5.2 meters) long.”
4. Puento Noire Crocodile (17.8 feet)
“This unnamed monster croc has been at the center of a number of hoaxes (including an alleged sighting after hurricane Katrina). Fact is, this aggressive Nile specimen was killed in a safety operation near Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo in 2003. Estimated size: 17 feet 8in (5.4 meters).”
3. Cassius (17.11 feet)
“This Australian saltwater crocodile called Cassius is currently the largest crocodile (after Lolong died) held in captivity. He lives at Marineland Melanesia (Far North Queensland), is 17 feet 11in (5.48 meters) long, and is believed to be around 110 years old.”
2. Brutus (18.4 feet)
“This is Brutus, a massive 3 limbed saltwater crocodile known to frequent the Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Australia. He is believed to have lost his right arm in altercation with a bull shark. Brutus is conservatively estimated at 5.6 meters (18ft 4in).”
1. Lolong (20.25 feet)
“This remarkable creature named Lolong (in honor of a veteran Filipino crocodile hunter) is believed to be the largest crocodile ever held in prolonged captivity. Lolong was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records at 6.17 meters (20.25 feet).
The gigantic crocodile, thought responsible in the death of a number of townsfolk, and who took around 100 people to bring him to land, was made the star attraction at an ecotourism park. Sadly, Lolong died of pneumonia and cardiac arrest at around 8 pm on February 10, 2013.”