Animals

After An 8-Year Search, Australian Rangers Finally Captured This Massive 1,300-Pound Crocodile

He's estimated to be 60 years old and more than 15 feet long.

Wildlife rangers in northern Australia captured a massive 600-kilogram (1,300-pound) crocodile after first spotting it nearly a decade ago.

The crocodile, estimated to be more than 60 years old, was found lurking near a boat ramp in the Katherine River. At 4.71 meters (15.45 feet), the croc is the longest-ever trapped in the region.

The previous record holder was a 4.6 meter-long croc captured in 2011.

Though the average saltwater crocodile is about 5 meters (17 feet) long, according to National Geographic, captures of this size are rare, park authorities said.

North Territory Parks and Wildlife Services

The Search

Wildlife officials have been searching for the crocodile since it was first spotted in 2010, according to Tracey Duldig, the acting director of Wildlife Operations in the Northern Territory. They sought to capture and isolate it so in order to prevent it from “interacting with humans.”

The reptile will now “be taken to a croc farm in the Katherine region,” she said.

Saltwater crocodiles — affectionately referred to as salties — can be spotted throughout the Northern Territory. According to a Jul. 15 tweet by the American Museum of Natural History, the saltwater crocodile is the largest reptilian species alive today. The museum noted that the saltwater croc’s jaw is also one of the strongest of any living animal.

So far this year, 187 of them have been captured in the Top End — the northernmost part of the Northern Territory, according to the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife website, which advises visitors to be “crocwise.”

“Croc danger is real. Do not become complacent or risk your life,” it warns.

Halloween Fun With Crocodiles

Of course, while this particular story about crocodiles is real-life scary, there is also a way to have a bit of fun with the animal’s ferocity. In case you missed this viral video of a dog wearing a crocodile costume and giving people a good scare, then you need to check it out — it makes for a pretty good laugh.

The adorable French bulldog makes a good case for a Halloween prank, right? If you want to consider the look for your own pooch, then you should take a look at these crocodile costumes made for pets. Take, for example, this getup for $13.99 on Amazon.com):

Amazon

Adorably scary in all of the best crocodile ways, right? Check out more crocodile costumes here.

Written by Bani Sapra for CNN. Additional reporting by Simplemost staff.

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