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Guinness: India Park Home to World's Largest Crocodile; 23 Feet
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BHITARKANIKA, India -- The Bhitarkanika Park on the Orissa coast has achieved the rare distinction of housing the world's largest salt water crocodile measuring about 23 feet.

What has delighted the wildlife lovers and wildlife officials in the state is that the largest crocodile of Bhitarkanika has again found a place in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Orissa chief wildlife warden S C Mohanty confirmed that the creeks inside the park are home to some of the world`s largest salt water crocodiles.

During 1994 also, the Guinness book of world record had maintained that Bhitarkanika has the largest living crocodile in the world.

The latest census carried out by the wildlife division indicated that the Bhitarkanika sanctuary has a total strength of 1462 crocodiles which included 203 adults.

According to crocodile experts and senior research officer in the wildlife division Sudhakar Kar, nearly eight salt water crocodiles in Bhitarkanika have the length of 16 to 18 feet while five were reportedly having a length of 18 to 20 feet and three crocodiles measured above 20 feet.

Bhitarkanika has also emerged as the ideal habitat for the salt water crocodile in the country and also the largest concentration. Though Sundarbans sanctuary has a good mangrove forest, yet it houses a very small population of the salt water crocodiles. So is the case of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Dr Kar said that the Dangmal Interpretation Centre located inside the Bhitarkanika Park has preserved the full skeleton of a 19 feet 8 inch long crocodile found dead last year.

The crocodile was initially cremated but later the wildlife officials retrieved the skeleton and decided to preserve it to make the people aware that the park is home to some of the largest salt water crocodiles of the world.

Wildlife experts, however, argued that the largest crocodile so far found in the Bhitarkanika was almost 25-foot-long which could be traced from the skull preserved by the Kanika Royal Family.

The crocodile, probably was shot dead near Dhamara during 1926 and later its skull was preserved by the then Kanika King. The crocodile experts said as per the parameters, the crocodile would be about 25 feet since the size of the skull was measured one seventh of the total length of the body.

The Bombay Natural History Society (BHNS) and the Orissa Wildlife Division have approached the Kanika Royal Family to hand over the skull of the largest crocodile for preservation but in vain. The Royal Family in possession of the skull of the largest crocodile in the world, refused to part it.

Wildlife experts said besides the largest living crocodile, the Bhitarkanika has another distinction of having rare and endangered white crocodiles numbering about ten in the wild. This apart, the Dangmal Crocodile Research Centre also has a rare white crocodil named 'Gori' in captivity for over last two decades.

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Is it possible that the crocodile that was caught and said to be the largest in the world, is not????? I mean who knows how large these reptiles can achieve to be.....
   comment# 1   - Dr.Hay · Canada · Jan 5, 2007 @ 8:52am

The crocodile is really left over from the dinosaur age, the longer one goes back in time the larger the crocs were, the largest one killed in Australia measured 28 feet 4 inches and was 13 feet around the gut. Shot and killed in 1957 by a woman on the banks of the Norman River Normanton North West Queensland Australia... Normanton still has plenty of crocodiles in the wild, but gone are the dinosaurs.
   comment# 2   - Bert Moorhouse · Cairns Australia · Jan 28, 2007 @ 1:26pm

i was studying crocs with steve irwin in oz three years ago. we happened across a vary large salty just been washed on the beach. we were walking along steve pulled out his tape 28 3 inches
   comment# 3   - dr daniel dale · oxford England · Feb 15, 2007 @ 10:59am

That can't be the largest crocodile because Steve Irwin found one measuring around 30ft so update your record book.
   comment# 4   - Bobby Furgerson · Palmetto,Unitied States · May 2, 2007 @ 3:05pm

im not sure about 30ft mate, only because i litteraly just watched one of his latest crodile hunter episodes, the one where he's searching for the supercroc an he said himself that the biggest he had ever caught was 16ft but they caught the supercroc which was 17ft. that doesnt mean there isnt a 30ft croc though, im pretty sure one was found in a lake in the U.S, dunno if it was 30ft though:):)
   comment# 5   - liam jefford · Wales · Jun 10, 2007 @ 10:17pm

I would love to know just how big the world's biggest crocodile really is. The one's we're talking about are huge and I'd love to see one up close to really get the feel for it. I've seen crocs on t.v. grab very large animals with their mouths and drag them right into the water. Crazy! I'd love to see a 30 ft, several thousand pound crocodile. Wish I could see one.
   comment# 6   - Tony · Texas, USA · Jun 15, 2007 @ 10:42am

How about Gustave? Isn't he a really big croc?
   comment# 7   - Dawn · Geneseo,Illinois · Jun 19, 2007 @ 10:04pm

in order for a croc to be around 30 ft it would have to have a large environment with lots of food and no dangers to its environment or to itself and would have to live for around 60 years and to see a big one like 30-40 feet from a pro,s mouth it would have to live for about 100 years in our day and time.
   comment# 8   - brian · missouri,usa · Jun 21, 2007 @ 5:59am

supposably gustave the man killer of Africa was supposed to be 25 to 30 feet long wich could be possible for its diet and age.
   comment# 9   - brian · missouri,usa · Jun 21, 2007 @ 6:15am

a croc can grow as long as 40 feet in our time but is extremly rare for a croc to reech just 30 feet now adays it is probably around 100 years old and if it is younger that means it has had extremly good habitat and dietary issues.
   comment# 10   - brian · missouri,usa · Jun 21, 2007 @ 6:52am

Gustave is real, but how do they know its just one croc that killed all those people. I think it was more than one. People just made it into a one croc story so its more dramatic and exciting. Yes there are bigger croc than the one they have in the Guiness Book. But until its caught and recorded in the proper manner, it will all just be hear say. Thus far this is the largest croc recorded in the proper manner. Live with it people
   comment# 11   - Rishi · Clifton, NJ USA · Jun 25, 2007 @ 8:20am

   comment# 12   - A.D · TAMPA,USA · Jul 4, 2007 @ 11:54pm

   comment# 13   - WILLIAM · LEXINGTON,KY USA · Jul 16, 2007 @ 6:56am

There are about 4-5 known crocs in the world that are 20 feet or bigger. Gustave in Africa, 20 feet, over 2000lbs., Utan, Myrtle Beach, 20 feet over 2000lbs., Crocosaurus in Parrot Island, Orlando, 20 feet over 2000lbs. and Yai, 20 feet, 2500lbs. The crocodile in Orissa, India crocodile farm that is supposedly 23 feet long, I will not consider it as legit unless someone builds up a website with information, shows a picture of this animal or puts it on Youtube in action.
   comment# 14   - Peter Mouttapa · Mountain View, California · Jul 26, 2007 @ 10:08pm

Have lived in thailand now for a little while and tomorrow i will go see Yai the biggest croc in captivity and the only legitimitly recorded croc, kinda excited to see this 20+ foot dinasaur. Will take plenty of piccis :P
   comment# 15   - Stephen Harrison · Korat Thailand · Jul 28, 2007 @ 12:44pm

Only India have a biggest croc in Bhitkarnika and it is true , i have proud for that
   comment# 16   - MANISH VASAVA · ANAND - GUJARAT- INDIA · Aug 4, 2007 @ 2:51am

i do agree with dr hay. no one on earth can estimate that larger crocodiles or other reptiles can achieve to be..and i'm mad 4 crocodiles and wild life..
   comment# 17   - aamna · pakistan · Aug 4, 2007 @ 4:23am

I saw Utan last week in SC. He is real. 20+ feet and about 2200lbs.
   comment# 18   - Bryant · Winston Salem, NC · Sep 5, 2007 @ 6:12pm

well, haven't you people that are doing this decided to look for other creatures like the dark mystery creatures in all of the oceans?! Well if you do couldn't you show pictures of those strange creatures.
   comment# 19   - richelle · · Oct 3, 2007 @ 9:54am

The biggest crocodile that i've seen recently is 40ft, believe me it was a relly huge creature that no one ever seen before... imagine how powerful god to be creating this big creature same big as 5tans contena lorry!! my godness, i really saw it at sandakan_Sabah a.k.a Malaysia last two weeks ago..
   comment# 20   - Marcus · Malaysia,Sabah · Oct 9, 2007 @ 8:47pm

i was searching foe the biggest croc and was pleased to find out that it is from India.....i knew that salt water crocs are among the biggest in the world but i didn't knew that they r also found in India.....well i'm a electrical eng. student and hope to he to serve the environment.....
   comment# 21   - mehul rao · lucknow,india · Nov 7, 2007 @ 12:08am

I like CROCS. Are there any more 20 foot crocs. sincerly chava
   comment# 22   - CHAVA ESPITIA ,AGE10 · ADERSONM,US · Nov 12, 2007 @ 7:36pm

I am proud tosay that the world's largest croc is in india.
   comment# 23   - Sumit Kumar Sahu · Chennai,India · Dec 13, 2007 @ 11:00pm

30 and 40 foot crocs ? How old are you people ? Are you school children with wild storys to tell ?
   comment# 24   - norm · cairns australia · Dec 21, 2007 @ 12:25pm

I Think Saltwater crocodiles can aproach 27 or even 30 feet but it is exreemly rare.It would even be rare to see a croc 20 or 23 feet.
   comment# 25   - Tim · United States,New Jersey · Dec 22, 2007 @ 3:56pm

I believe it will take a major ampunt of conservation before we see any crocs aproaching 23 or 30 feet and weighing 2,000-4,000 pounds(1-2 tons). Although it is possible their are still some in Orissa.
   comment# 26   - Max · New Jersey,United States · Dec 22, 2007 @ 4:00pm

I sawed me a perty big croc 3 years ago while we were in Africa. We were able to kill the animal and measure it. It was 22 ft long.
   comment# 27   - Bobby Joe · Mississppi · Dec 27, 2007 @ 12:05am

There are confirmed records of salties approaching 27 feet and weighing 2 tons
   comment# 28   - Tim · United States,New Jersey · Dec 28, 2007 @ 1:25pm

The Saltwater crocodile can reach 23 feet (7m) long although there have been authenticated reports of indiviuals 30 feet long.
   comment# 29   - Luke · Missisipi · Jan 2, 2008 @ 4:37pm

Bobby, why would u kill the crocodile...? Gustave is a pretty big croc.
   comment# 30   - asd · asd · Jan 3, 2008 @ 10:16pm

you all are wrong the largest was much longer then a 30 footer
   comment# 31   - the man · south america · Jan 15, 2008 @ 12:13pm

Officially Gustave is the largest croc still alive and still growing. Weighing more than 2-3 tons and and longer than 30 feet. Estimate puts him at around 50 years old, but from the teeth size scale plates and condition the beast could well be up to 65 years old. Update your records. C.I.A.
   comment# 32   - C I A · Atlantis · Jan 18, 2008 @ 3:46pm

I have seen this crocodile in bhatakanika & really that was too large nearly 25ft and name of that crocodile is MAHISASUR
   comment# 33   - Saroj Kumar Behera · Bhubaneswar · Jan 20, 2008 @ 11:52am

I believe that saltwater crocodiles can reach 30ft. Its not impossible but it would be really rare for one to pop up. But in time one day someone might come across such a giant crocodile we just all have to wait and see.
   comment# 34   - Kiefer Little · Cincinnati, · Jan 26, 2008 @ 10:42pm

i have the head of an crocodile that was 34 feet long
   comment# 35   - tristan,brayton · asia · Feb 6, 2008 @ 3:55pm

Yeah? I saw 500 foot long croc this morning. Get a life!
   comment# 36   - Havers · Australia · Feb 11, 2008 @ 3:55pm

I've actually studied crocodiles and find it very interesting that someone has a 34 ft long head, nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooootttttttttt????????
   comment# 37   - Electo · Las Vegas, Nevada · Feb 28, 2008 @ 10:45am

The croc was 34ft, not the head. think about it.
   comment# 38   - Serena · Leeds, England · Mar 3, 2008 @ 1:45pm

I think in terms of population there may be at the maximum of 3 to 6 27 and 30 foot crocs leflt.
   comment# 39   - Tim · Roxberry,New Jersey · Mar 14, 2008 @ 1:25pm

Howdy Yall im a part of the organization called United Crocs of America. Last week in our seminar our teacher Mr. Croc-Dillian had a seminar for all under grads including myself. In this Seminar Mr. Dillian brought out a Super Croc, which is said to be extinct. This bad boy was 58 feet long and weighed 10,000. It broke free but luckily i was able to wrangle it. I can tell you all that supercrocs are still out, I see them all the time. A 50 foot croc isnt a show for me to see anymore its the 60 and 70n footers that i get the camera out for. This is justin from United Crocs of America and any of you who can pass the entry exam on our official website i urge you to do it and stand by me as we make history.
   comment# 40   - justin · somerville,new jersey · Mar 27, 2008 @ 5:44pm

over 40 years ago I was in Myrtle Beach with my family. There was a traveling alligator show. As you went in the entrance there was a crocodile in a cage. If my memory is right I thought the sign said it was 30 feet long. Does anyone have knowledge of this? No one believes that I saw this crocodile. Alligator Adventure did not exist back then.
   comment# 41   - Karen · Charlotte, NC · Mar 31, 2008 @ 2:42pm

I saw me a whooper in the river medway it was 25 ft long .... or could it have been from the sewage?,,,,
   comment# 42   - domino · uk · Apr 4, 2008 @ 7:26am

2 years ago, I saw a 585ft croc in texas but almost bite me in the arms but I was a lucky person.
   comment# 43   - samuel rivera · greenbelt,maryland · Apr 26, 2008 @ 7:07pm

I don't belive that theres a 500ft crocodile
   comment# 44   - Charles Aldridge · United States · Apr 27, 2008 @ 11:46am

I had seen an article a few years back about an alligator or crocodile that was killing livestock in Africa or some other country. They staked out a horse to lure him and he came out. They caught him and moved him in a cattle truck which he was hanging out of. I think it was his front left leg that was missing. They figured he was close to 100 years old and probably 3000 lbs. I cut the article out of some paper and haven't seen it since. But the thing was they didn't kill it but moved him to a different area.
   comment# 45   - Sally Rassler · Rembrandt USA · Apr 27, 2008 @ 5:21pm

Anaconda has no match.
   comment# 46   - Johnny · ASIA · May 27, 2008 @ 6:20pm

58 feet 10,000 pounds(5tons) sounds like a load of Bull****.The largest was 28 feet (8.6m) and was killed in Asia and weighed 2,870 pounds.
   comment# 47   - Tim · Utah,Texas · Jun 5, 2008 @ 2:45pm

Nonsense-Apparently,the Indian 23 footer is for real,according to Wildlife officials at the reserve at Orissa.The biggest in aussie,was about 20 foot.But,according to the research I've done on this topic,in 1957,in Normanton,Northern Queensland,a Polish school teacher shot dead one that was 28 feet long.Almost unbelievable,except it was authenticated by a number of people,one being a ranger who saw the carcass going out in the tide.There is an old crocodile hunting book in the Sutherland Library,near where I live that has quite a long interview with the lady that shot it,and her husband who was there as well.I read, in years later, that she really regretted killing it.There has never been anything close to it here,apart from the monsters mentioned by Ion Iodress,in his book,'In crocodile land',where he mentions the sizes of one that he claims was over 30 feet long,WITH a bit of its tail cut off. Anyone can check up on any of this info if they want to dig deep enough.Too much garbage has been written about how big they do get.Anything bigger than 18 feet is extremely rare.BUT,there could be some monsters in some of the inhospitable creeks in Northern Australia that are almost impossible to get to.I for one, hope there is,and I hope no idiots looking for animal trophies find them.
   comment# 48   - Darren · Australia · Jun 9, 2008 @ 4:09am

I also am interested in large crocs but some of you people really need to get a grip, where is all the photographic evidence of these big crocs? a croc shooter in new guinea and australia(Tom Cole) for 20 years in the 1930-40s said he shot thousands of crocs and never saw one bigger than 18feet, dont ya think if they were around like you all say this guy would have seen them, a search on the net about the 28ft croc shot at Normanton reveals no photos, no evidence of a reputable nature at all, as we say here it all sounds like a croc of s___t.
   comment# 49   - Michael · Brisbane, Australia · Jun 9, 2008 @ 4:45am

It's worth taking into consideration that people didn't possess camera phones,or carry a portable camera around with them everywhere they went back in the 1950's,and earlier,in Australia,or elsewhere.In the late 1970's, I went to Green Island,Queensland,Australia.There were at the time two monster crocodiles captive there.One of which was almost 18 feet long,if I remember correctly.I remember thinking at the time that a crocodile 10 feet bigger than these would be dinosaur like in appearance,because these two were so big that they almost looked fake. And they were pitch black in colour, which I'm told means that they spent a lot of time in fresh water. I understand people doubting the 28 foot crocodiles' authenticity.BUT,the book I read had a whole chapter on the woman that shot it,and although I can't quote anyone the entire chapter,I remember that she said that its eyes were the size of ripe grapefruits, and that they cut its head off but it was so big that they couldn't lift it into the boat.She said that when shot,it didn't move-it was dead with one shot. When they first saw it,they said it looked like a fallen tree trunk on the mudbank where it lay. This week I am going to Sutherland Library,and to get the name of the books' title, so others can look it up and weigh up its truthfulness.In the other book I mentioned,'In Crocodile Land',the author mentions a few crocodiles that he saw that were bigger than the Normanton 28 footer.
   comment# 50   - Darren · Australia · Jun 9, 2008 @ 7:26pm

I've just found the book,it is called,"Australia Story-Crocodiles',By Philip Holden. The chapter called ,'A question of size' is the focal point of what we are talking about here. The eyes of the 28 foot croc. were in fact the size of an orange, not a grape fruit. And it seems photographic evidence of this massive croc. existed until 1968.The woman who killed the croc,died in 2006. If her husband, Ron,i s still alive, I'm going to find out this week. The question for me is; what happened to the photos? From this book it would seem that crocodiles aren't found as big as they were many years ago, because they were nearly made extinct by over shooting and most of the, at the time, big ones, were wiped out before they could reach the 'over 20 foot' length.
   comment# 51   - Darren · Australia · Jun 11, 2008 @ 3:04am

Darren, well researched. However you may have better luck tracking down their son, George. Nonetheless it is worth considering that the Normanton animal is not an authenticated size. For authenticity a total body length should be recorded as should other standard body measurements such as snout vent, head leangth, eye snout, maximum head width and cranial width, and no details of such a record exist. I also think you will find that the Green Island captives are around 16-17 feet. There is anecdotal evidence of 18 foot + animals in QLD and NT but these animals are quite secretive and no funds have ever been dedicated to their capture simply for the purposes of putting a tape measure over them. There is an anecdotal report of an animal that frequents Crab island off NW QLD that has been scaled by a fisheries spotter plane to be near the 20foot mark and locally known as 'Jurrasic'. I would suggest that 20 foot animal in Aust is not beyond reasonable suggestion but just yet to be caught and authenticated.
   comment# 52   - Sarah · Australia · Jun 27, 2008 @ 10:37pm

My mother shot this croc in 1957. All the locals knew about this huge animal for years. She regretted this act after the fact but if it hadn't been her someone else would have. Both Mum and Dad successful fought for the protection of crocodiles in later years and started the first croc farm in Australia. In 1957 there was only one wall mounted phone in Karumba at the Pilot Station. Half the time this didn't work so communication was difficult. The Dept. of Harbours and Marines River pilot , Jock Charles and the Captain of the Cargo boat -Malalouka (think that's how it was spelt) saw the dead animal on the river bank and measured it.This was backed up and confirmed by Paddles Taylor who was skipper of the CSIRO vessel doing the initial prawn survey in the Gulf. This information from both Government people was sent to the Guiness Book of Records and accepted and published in the 1078 edition. Dad has a copy but I am sure some Libraries would still have copies. I agree the model in Normanton is just that-- a model. Not in the actual proportions But impressive. The one at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is a smaller(shorter) version but more in proportion to what a real one would look like. As the years go by the stories get bigger and more bizzare-- depending on which tour guide or journalist you listen to. My mother was the stuff that made the pioneers and legends of the North. A quiet gentle hardworking lady who didn't care to boast about what she did
   comment# 53   - George Pawlowski · Cairns Australia · Jun 28, 2008 @ 8:41pm

Thank you for replying-for a while I didn't think anyone was interested.The question I pose for you George,is what did happen to the photos-if they existed-because they are now 'worth their weight in gold',so to speak.It seems that there is a certain amount of doubt over the Normanton crocodiles' size amongst old time hunters and croc. experts.I however, think that it is for real however.George,could you give us more information on this monster,if you have it? Apparently,there was a very large crocodile called the 'Hippo' in the top end and it was captured alive,but,according to George Craig it didn't measure 20 feet-after it was RUMOURED to be well over that figure by those who had seen it from the bank.The book I mentioned in my previous comments,has stories from the Philipines of some huge crocodiles.Whether they are true or not, I can not ascertain.What is clear though,is that there were definetly more bigger crocodiles around years ago.Who knows what lerks up some of those impenetrable creeks in Northern Australia and New Guinea.How much would it cost to catch and measure this 'Jurassic' monster,Sarah?How thick was the girth of the Nomanton crocodile George?
   comment# 54   - Darren · Australia · Jul 10, 2008 @ 2:33pm

i dont belive in no 28foot croc but 18-20 ft. i believe. Most of all your stories are different there is logic in most of all of your stories however id need to see proof of a 28 footer.
   comment# 55   - richard · Texas · Jul 11, 2008 @ 8:23pm

Read about this Orissa croc quite a bit now. Gonna make the trip there soon to find out fer real. See, my bro' got these Oriyas (natives of Orissa) working for him at Cafe Coffee Day here in Goa and they've proudly boasted of a very giant crocodile living in that park. They also mentioned stuff about other giants but always ended up with this particular one. From what can be understood, the protection of crocs in Orissa since the seventies suggest that some crocs have managed to attain these great sizes. I believe the government feels so strongly for the animal, their extremely possesive and secretive about it due to the interests from international buyers. I've never though doubted though that there are a few giants living in Australia and Africa. They get that big for being clever....i.e avoiding humans. When I get pics, I'll post or mail them to all interested.
   comment# 56   - A.X.L · Goa, India · Jul 13, 2008 @ 5:44am

Gustave is possible between 20 and 22 feet, maybe slightly larger. There is no doubt that he is a true giant. Might weigh in excess of a ton considering the doucumentary on NGC and the comparison he makes near one hippo. NOt sure about these 30 foot croc stories, they might have lived but would have defintely been concrete evidence. And about the Normanton croc, there was a pic I found in 2002 with Mrs Powlowski holding a skull of the animal, had almost all its teeth but looks to be from a 18 or 19 footer.Almost anywhere u look up the size saltwater crocs, it say a maximum of 23 feet maybe attained. It can be accepted that crocs with helluva girth may look longer and bigger than than really are. Some of the Grumeti crocs especially on the NGC documentaries look like their over 20 feet yet their most likely a bit less but make up for it sheer girth. Anxious to confirm this 23 foot croc in Orissa. Will update when I find out more.
   comment# 57   - A.X.L · Goa, India · Jul 13, 2008 @ 6:36am

There is so much controversy about this 'Normanton crocodile',world wide,that if we can,let's see if we can sort it out, once and for all.No more fairy tales and half truths.If you have concrete evidence-photos,or otherwise-lets see it.George,if you read this,present what you can,PLEASE!!!-because,I think your claims are truthful...A.X.L,I share your views that the crocodiles' girths make them look deceptively bigger than their actual length measurements.The monsters on Green Island,Cairns,are that thick ,that they look 20 feet long,easy.Yet they are less than 18 feet long. There have been claims-unproven-that there are still 20 foot plus crocodiles in the Daly River,NT,Ord River,WA,and Mitchell River QLD. What we need is PROOF!Who's got it?
   comment# 58   - Darren · Australia · Jul 14, 2008 @ 5:21am

MAn I'm so annoyed I can't find that pic but I remeber having it in 2002 of the Normanton croc, lady holding the skull. I don't disbelieve that it was a giant but that skull could have no way come from an animal 28 feet long. Like u said Darren, pics of something like that would be worth gold. By the way, have u seen the pic of Rom Whitaker and that skull from Orissa? They say it could have come from a 25 foot croc. HArd to tell but it is huge one. I can send it to you by e-mail. I've done alot of looking up on Aussie crocs, they say there is a giant named Apollo who approaches 7 meters, river's famous for its jumping crocs. I don't quite get how the wildlife officials in Orissa may have measured this giant, I'm guessing they measure the bank it was just on to estimate length. My bro told me they use a laser of some sort. Yeah it all comes down to the proof, seeing it for yourself. That Bhitarkanika place is tough man, the heat is terrible, the park itself has some seriously inhospitable environments and I ain't talking about the people. Sooner or later I'm gonna make the trip there with loads of money and find out for myself. Will keep you posted Darren.
   comment# 59   - A.X.L · Goa,India · Jul 15, 2008 @ 9:19am

JUst mailed Rom Whitaker, asked him if he could confirm the Orissa record, having been there. Also, found out that one of me brother's Oriya friends got an uncle working in Bhitarkanika for the last 20 something years. Will try and get pics from him. Darren, send me your e-mail, got a few pics of record sizes (trophy hunting) in Africa. check out this blog, run by a young native photographer from Orissa who documents the wildlife there. Found a pic of an Orissa croc eating a cow. Looks big judging by the size of the jaws and teeth. Try and get in touch with him. Will be doing the same now.
   comment# 60   - A.X.L · Goa, India · Jul 15, 2008 @ 11:44pm

i tot i can get some genuine answer of the largest croc ever recorded but then some crowns here just made things up! the croc in sandakan croc farm is not even 30 feet. i worked there for 2 years!
   comment# 61   - kevin844 · KL, malaysia · Jul 16, 2008 @ 11:46am

Listen up, 23 foot crocodiles have existed in the past and maybe just two or three do exist. They might be slightly bigger a foot maybe but thats about it. And the only reason for that is conservation and sheer protection. The crocodiles living in the wilds of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique have been described by researchers as being too numerous and bigger than the salties of Australia. it comes down to, again, diet and protection. I would'nt be surprised if someone nets a 20 foot plus croc in Australia but as a continent its huge and monsters like that could live in those inhospitable, impenetrable creeks and what have you. In 2006, the park in Orissa closed from March to July just to record the number of crocs living there and it was around this time a team from the U.S confirmed by reuters were shocked to see a 23 foot croc. Orissa is not a very big state, neither is India as a country and a croc that big living in a 670 square km park will definitely be see sooner or later. The story of the skull is awesome, belonged to a croc named 'Kalia' meaning black. Ate women only as the story goes. When killed by the King of Kanika, was cut up, found inside were the remnants of traditional india sarees, bangles, some human remains etc. That big croc and some others may have left that giant gene for the future generations hence there are so many massive crocs alive there.
   comment# 62   - A.X.L · Goa, India · Jul 17, 2008 @ 10:25am

I agree with the reason for the big crocs in Orissa.Australia would have a lot more over 20 foot crocs,if they hadn't been shot to near extinction leading up to the 1970's.What we want is PHOTOS...Proof.We need to send a resounding message to all those sceptics out there,who believe that crocodiles don't exist over 20 feet long.I've seen the 'Gustave' footage on Youtube,and whilst it does look very big,it is difficult to get any scale of its size.I'd imagine some of those Private zoo's and Millionaire collectors in the USA and other country's would pay a fortune for an over 20 foot crocodile.AXL-lets see some photo's you've obtained of big crocs,skulls etc.Like I said in one of my first posts on this forum,that book on crocodile hunting in Australia in the early 20th century freely mentions some massive crocodiles.It is believed that male crocodiles never stop growing.So common sense dictates that if they can keep as far away from the hunters bullet and consequently,his trophy cabinet,they can reach huge sizes because we also know that they live for a very long time.I think one of the reasons the captive crocodiles die,is because they are over fed.'Gomek',I have been told,was over fed,and probably died of a heart attack!Who knows how big-or for how much longer he would have lived in captivity if a sensible diet had of been followed.When you look at the girth and size of 'Gomek'-he looks 22 feet long.But was 'only' something a
   comment# 63   - Darren · Australia · Jul 17, 2008 @ 2:00pm

Darren, something might be headed my way in a few days. Send me your e-mail. Will send photos to you the minute I get it. We'll make our asessments then. My e-mail adress is
   comment# 64   - A.X.L · Goa, India · Jul 19, 2008 @ 7:25am

Orissa with so many claims of giant crocodiles and a confirmed existance of a 23 foot saltwater crocodile shows that there is enough habitat and the huge amount of pretty large crocodiles that live there shows that it will be one of the last places on earth were 22 to 23 foot or even 24 foot crocodiles will live on into the 22th century.
   comment# 65   - Rex3.0 · South Dakota · Aug 10, 2008 @ 9:13am

In the middle of the Shire Lake a very large crocodile tipped over a boat and was thought to kill 3 people and the other 2 survived
   comment# 66   - JEREMIAH IZQUIERDO · READING · Aug 20, 2008 @ 10:02pm

Occording to Scientists and Biologists the largest saltwater crocodile measured could have been 6.3m or 27 foot long although specimens of such sizes are exremely rare and there are only 2 records of crocodiles of such a size one maneater killed in the Philipenes. The other one was a very amazing one it managed to hold of 40 men with lances,ropes,guns,nifes and horses for 6 hours.
   comment# 67   - Antonio Rex · Saltlake City,Utah · Sep 1, 2008 @ 8:55am

has anyone heard of gustaav the croc? he is Africa's lone competitior to the one in India's Bhitarkanika. Gustaav is said to have devoured more than 300 humans so far, and has never been caught despite repeated attempts.
   comment# 68   - baridbaran · india · Sep 2, 2008 @ 7:28am

I say your wrong Darren there were larger crocodiles than your 23 foot estimate in Harverd University there is a skull of a crocodile 5 feet 6inches and the animal it came from is believed to have been between 27 and 30 feet I even found a picture of it!!!!!!! so there.
   comment# 69   - Anton · Randolph,New Jersey · Sep 9, 2008 @ 5:30pm

I have a newspaper cutout somewhere (God knows where i've hidden it) of an article with an image of an absolutely gigantic croc (has to be 25ft +) that was shot by Australian soldiers on a training mission around the time of World War II if I remember correctly. After reading this thread I've tried my best to find it and I'll continue the search tomorrow and scan it in if I'm successful. On the topic of world's biggest etc. I think theres a healthy possibility that there are still undiscovered monsters out there that are on the right side of 25ft. Gustave is big, but I'm still willing to wager there's a bigger Saltie out there somewhere, whether its in some dark swamp in Papua New Guinea, or a hidden creek in the Northern Territory... Due to Salties being protected in Aus since the 70's, surely there must be some absolute monsters brewing!
   comment# 70   - Lewis · London, UK · Sep 14, 2008 @ 3:42pm

i think the crocodiles are animals who always remain hungry even after eating.i am amazed how can they grow too big.
   comment# 71   - mohit · uganda · Sep 15, 2008 @ 4:55am

Most of the super large crocs in captivity look fat and slow. Kind of sad. The massive ones in the wild look so much faster and aggressive. Utan looks like he couldn't catch a cold, let alone prey.
   comment# 72   - paladin · united states · Sep 15, 2008 @ 6:08pm

I have seen Utan and he is huge. His head length is about 3 feet alone.
   comment# 73   - John · Atlanta, USA · Sep 15, 2008 @ 7:27pm

Anybody know of a good site that has pictures of the biggest crocodiles? Gustave, Utan, Yai, all of them on one site with different pictures. Also old pictures (black and white) of some of the big monsters killed back in the day?
   comment# 74   - paladin · US · Sep 17, 2008 @ 5:21pm

The latest information I have been able to obtain on this topic is as folows;There was a huge crocodile refered to as the 'Wyaaba Monster' that lived in the Staaten River.It was shot dead by a Mr Peter Cole in the mid 1950's.It measured 7.5 metres. In 1929,at Hartleys Creek,Queensland,a 25 foot crocodile was shot and killed. But,the exciting news is,that there is apparently a crocodile living in the Goyder River swamp in Northern Arnhem land that is over 8 metres in length....All I can say on this, is that when I am financially able-I will personally investigate the validity of the 8 metre crocodile. Once again,I want to say that I believe that there are crocodiles over 20 feet long living in Northern Australia.They are rare.They are very wary of people.But they DO exist. But what we all want is PROOF.A photoraph. Lewis,it would certainly be interesting to see that newspaper clipping-get digging!!!!
   comment# 75   - Darren · Australia · Sep 24, 2008 @ 3:13pm

I still haven't heard anything about a "real" measurement of any of these big crocodiles, other than Gomek when he died, who is nearly 10 feet shorter than the monsters everybody here is talking about. Nobody ever really measured Yai or any of the other captive super-crocs. I think they top out at around 20 feet, this being the absolute biggest. They reach a few feet under 20 and just start getting wider and fatter. I wonder what Yai would really measure if he was tranked and accurately measured by experts not affiliated with the park or even that country. My quess is 17-18 feet. I don't doubt there are massive salties near 20 feet in length but these stories of ones 23-30 feet are stupid without any good evidence and good measurements. It's just like the Great White debate, where even the Cuban 21 footer is in question.
   comment# 76   - Paladin · US · Sep 24, 2008 @ 6:14pm

To me there have been 23foot animals in the past and before hunting there could have been many. With reduced hunting and remote habitat it is certainly possible that there are two or three 22-23 foot crocodiles alive today are if larger there may be 23-25 footers out there.My conclusion is that salties average about 16-18foot long with there being very rare specimens 21-22foot long and occasional 23-25 foot monsters. With the largest confirmed crocodile in the past being 27 foot long.
   comment# 77   - Rex · Sierra, Nevada · Sep 30, 2008 @ 10:52am

I have seen a DINOSAUR somewhere in the north of australia.It liked Michael Phelps.I am always proud.NO PHOTO...PROOF..!!
   comment# 78   - abu · sydney · Oct 3, 2008 @ 2:53pm

From what I now there is little but sort of concrete evidence of 22-23 and 25-27 foot animals having existed or existing still. In Harverd Biological institute there is a skull of a satlwater crocodile 28ft 5 inches although the skull it self is 5 feet 6inches so can anyone tell how big of a saltwater crocodile would a 5ft 6inch skull come from? I can definetly say that in my opinion that there are 22-23ft and 25ft animals existing in the wilds and most remote regions of Australia. Oh so still I am wandering how big would a saltie have to be to have a 5ft 6inch skull.
   comment# 79   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Oct 4, 2008 @ 1:02pm

The Saltwater Crocodile can reach lengths of massive size.And just how big do salties get? Well there are so many stories,legends,alleged skins,skulls,and photos of animals ranging from any where from 20ft(6 meters) to 33ft(10 meters) long that it is hard to say just how big they get. All your estimates guys were very good ones. I would say that the stories of 30-33ft(9-10 meter) monsters are just hunters's tales.Today in with reduced poaching and recovered habitat and how some parts of New Guinea and Australia are so remote there could be animals 23 feet (7 meters) long with there being a few beasts reaching 24-25ft(7-7.6 meter)long. 27 feet (8 meter) crocodiles may also still exist in the most remote regions of Australia,New Guinea,and India.Although they would be very,very,very,very rare. There is a skull in The Harvard Biological institute that is 5ft 6inches that is believed to have come from a creature between 27ft (8 meters) and 30ft(9 meters)long so that would make it 28ft 5inches(8.6meters)long. Although this is the only evidence of possible animals 28ft(8.6 meters) long. 27 feet (8 meters) is my limit for this species.
   comment# 80   - Mike, X · Saltlake City,Utah · Oct 8, 2008 @ 3:20pm

Gustave is about 20 feet(6 meters)long although this is no exception as there are possibly several known saltwater crocodiles 20 feet(6 meters) long in Asia, Australia and New Guinea. With there being a 2 or 3 animals 23 feet(7 meter)long and a possible monster crocodile 8 meters(27 feet).Orissa is the best place to find such giants due to the high degree of protection there.
   comment# 81   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Oct 11, 2008 @ 11:23am

Sadly at the moment there aren't any real giants recorded in australia. The current record holder/s can be found in Australia Zoo,called Acco. Age: 73 years (DOB 30/11/1934) Sex: Male Length:about 5m (16ft) Weight: 1000kg (2200lbs) Aswell as Elvis, Eric the crocodiles replacement who measures in just under 5 metres in length.
   comment# 82   - lachlan · Central Coast, Australia · Oct 14, 2008 @ 3:56am

That is huge!!!
   comment# 83   - claudia · PENTWATER, USA · Oct 14, 2008 @ 11:18am

my god biggest crocodile iv ever seen. cant go anywhere else to see them that big
   comment# 84   - jj · u.s · Oct 20, 2008 @ 5:23pm

someone please tell me were all the pics of theese huge crocs are on the net.ive seen gustave on a national geographic programme.hes huge.
   comment# 85   - glenn · dublin · Oct 25, 2008 @ 9:49pm

I saw a large book with photos of many giant crocodiles about 25 to 30 years ago. I wish I had purchased the book many times. Can anyone on this list about crocodile sizes know the title and author of this book. The book was big and thick like a large dictionary and had photos from long ago of giant crocodiles. If anyone has knowledge of the title and author of the book, please email me at Thank You, Paul Walters
   comment# 86   - paul walters at · Desoto, texas USA · Nov 1, 2008 @ 9:20pm

Just because wildlife experts say they have a crocodile in India measuring that length,.. doesnt make it true lol. People are mistaken about these things all the time
   comment# 87   - Tom · Sydney, Australia · Nov 4, 2008 @ 4:12am

I have a picture of my father in world war 2, he is standing behind a 30 ft croc that was killed with a hand grenade on Saipan island in 1944. dledet2812 at
   comment# 88   - Darren Ledet · metairie,louisiana, united states · Nov 5, 2008 @ 6:03pm

I was tracking down a large gator. I spotted one on the banks of the nile. At least 47 feet long. I wrestled down with my bar hands and killed it. And mounted it"s head on my wall as a trophy. It was about the size of a city bus. True Story
   comment# 89   - Jacob · United States · Nov 7, 2008 @ 9:18am

In his 1932 book, "Bring Em Back Alive", Frank Buck claims to have captured a saltie in a tributary of the Ganghes River in India, that measured 37 feet. He said it was killed by the locals before he could make arrangements to bring it back to America, and no photos or other proof of its existence exist.
   comment# 90   - Robert · Houston, Texas · Nov 9, 2008 @ 11:10pm

If these photos are for real-lets have them posted up somehow-because that is what we all want on this site-PROOF.Darren Ledet,Robert from Houston-lets have it.
   comment# 91   - Darren · Sydney,Australia · Nov 14, 2008 @ 12:37pm

it is true that currently in Australia there are no giant saltwater crocodiles.But in Asia there may be living crocodiles 23 feet(7 metre) long. While in New Guinea, one of the most remote areas on the planet, may harbor even larger crocodiles exceeding lengths of 26 feet(8 metre)long.
   comment# 92   - Anton Hinds · Randolph, New Jersey · Nov 21, 2008 @ 4:32pm

I really don't know what drugs you people are on but there has never even been a crocodile over 24 feet and I know steve never measured one that large I mean fellas its like yahoo inches . wake up and smell the B.S.
   comment# 93   - Tony Gordon · Australia · Nov 23, 2008 @ 3:17am

picture of 30 ft.croc on site Check that out Robert from Houston, you have it!
   comment# 94   - darren · metairie, louisiana · Nov 25, 2008 @ 7:38am

First of all,a BIG thank you,to Darren Ledett for emailing me the photo of the 30 foot crocodile. And,after repeatedly asking for PROOF of a truly huge crocodile-we have at last received it.Whilst admittedly there is no tape measure in the photo-it certainly is the biggest crocodile I've ever seen-alive or in photograph.Killed in 1943 by Darren's father on Saipan Island,with a hand grenade-it certainly is one monster crocodile. Whilst I'm not an expert on photographic alterations I do know that photoshop wizzkids can make almost anything look authentic.BUT,this looks the real deal to me. And to all those skeptics out there that have ridiculed the idea of crocodiles over 25 feet long,I say this;this puts the 28 foot Normanton crocodile,the 32 foot Philippines monster mentioned in Philip Holdens book,and all the other enormous crocs from the past in the FACT section of the history books-not the FICTION department.We have to somehow get the picture up on this site for all to see.
   comment# 95   - Darren · Sydney,Australia · Dec 1, 2008 @ 12:13am
- Editor: Please forward a copy of the photo to

There has never been anything up to 30ft. GUSTAVE is only 6.1meters not even close to 30ft The biggest crocodile in record is 7.5m (23ft) and that is in the Guinness World Records. They are never going ot get close to 30ft. How old are all of you?
   comment# 96   - Aidan · Bali, Indonesia · Dec 9, 2008 @ 12:56am

what type is the crocodile
   comment# 97   - jose · ca,san diego · Dec 13, 2008 @ 8:09pm

Last year I got an e-mail from one of my friend showing a very large crocodile of measured length 23 Ft 01 Inches at Texas, USA. This giant was shooted by a ranger.
   comment# 98   - Jayanraj · Mumbai, India · Dec 14, 2008 @ 12:53am

Jayanraj,put up your email address,I'd like you to mail me the photo so we can take a look at it...
   comment# 99   - Darren · Sydney,Australia · Dec 15, 2008 @ 12:52pm

reminds me of every crocodile monster movie ever made...scary thought of what we must taste like to them....probably like Spam. not too difficult to eat us.
   comment# 100   - the next president · inside your mind · Dec 16, 2008 @ 9:05am

Hey Darren Merry Christmas, can you send me all the photos you have collected as of today. I'm from Philippines and I'm a die hard croc enthusiast since I was a kid, and I've read articles that they caught a 27 footer here in the Philippines, which made me proud but then no pictures and lack of information. If you have pictures of that 27 footer captures here in my country please include it and send it on my email ( Thanks!
   comment# 101   - Bren · Philippines · Dec 23, 2008 @ 11:30am

it is FAKE!!!!!!!!
   comment# 102   - andru · trinidad · Dec 29, 2008 @ 3:43am

My wife and me went over Christmas and saw Utan and he was not even twenty feet long. A guy working at the park said he is only a little over nineteen feet long but is still a sight to see.
   comment# 103   - Ted Katina · Winter Haven, Florida · Jan 1, 2009 @ 6:19pm

wel i dont think utan is any match to 23feet, gustave is around 20ft long its 65year old if it live long it might even grow further....but till then i believe what Guinness world record says... i have personally been to orrisa and i have seen some really big monsters.In his 1932 book, "Bring Em Back Alive", Frank Buck claims to have captured a saltie in a tributary of the Ganga River in India, that measured 37 feet....wel i feel india probably not explored the way it should be, there might be crocodiles even measuring over 25feet...what india lacks today is a proper wild life experts team.
   comment# 104   - Saurabh shinde · Mumbai, india · Jan 9, 2009 @ 9:40am

I personally think there have been very few Saltwater Crocodiles that have exceeded 21feet in Australia. Quotes over that size are mostly unsubstantiated. A crocodile nearly twice the size of the 11feet boat is displayed up against a boat in a film titled Northern Safari.
   comment# 105   - Keith Flexmore Adams · Australia · Jan 25, 2009 @ 8:39pm

See crocodiles are one of the oldest living beings on this earth...they r here from the time or even before dinasours one knows how they survive for so long??? Probably bcoz of there ability to adapt with the surroundings........i have heard of a crocodile in the lake near some temple in south india...the preist in that temple cliams that crocodile is veg. Even the villagers supoort this statement..wel it might even be true, that crocdile might have turn veg coz it had no other option and ppl in that area also cliams that crocodile is more than 300 year old.
   comment# 106   - Saurabh Subhash Shinde · Mumbai, india · Feb 11, 2009 @ 9:00am

Guys i have found some article about this "Veg Crocodile"please click this link """
   comment# 107   - Saurabh Subhash Shinde · Mumbai, india · Feb 12, 2009 @ 7:52am

to all of u: dont u ever heard that a croc was captured in cebu phil. measuring 31 feet at a river in balamban cebu. we and my colleagues measured it and amazingly it was our 1st time seen this kind of a giant CROC. This was in PHILIPPINES and im so proud of.THANKS
   comment# 108   - Reffostsirk · Cebu Philippines · Feb 23, 2009 @ 1:07am

Saltwater crocodiles are the largest reptilian creatures on the planet. There usually about 16 to 18 feet long although a evidence proves that a few do reach 23 to 24 feet with there being a few records of 27 footers.
   comment# 109   - RexZilla · Randolph, new jersey · Feb 25, 2009 @ 5:24pm

Stop with all the talk fellas. You really want to do something then start to protect the habitat that's left. Then your kids WILL be able to see pics of crocs over 23 feet. I'd agree with the general consensus that there are a few big ones hiding in the back end of nowhere in Aus and possibly India, but that's really not the point. If you look at this from an unbiased perspective all of the evidence of crocs over 22-3ft is just hearsay and innuendo, and therefore totally unreliable. Even if there were some bigger ones that were reliably measured in the past this info doesn't translate into modern times without photos. Also I'm in Cebu as I write this so show me the body Reffostirsk or even better publish a photo, cameras may not have been that widespread in the past but they sure are now.
   comment# 110   - Sean · England · Feb 27, 2009 @ 12:06am

Darren Ledet is stretching the truth somewhat. Just seen the pic of his dad with the croc on Saipan Island in '44 and its just a photographer using perspective, check this link You can tell his Dad's several metres away from the croc. And I'm not just being a killjoy, I'd be well impressed to see a croc as big as he claimed
   comment# 111   - sean · England · Feb 27, 2009 @ 12:16am

Mr.Sean i totally agree with you rather then making false cliams we should start to protect the habitat that's left, and believe me,some of my friends here in india are trying to do the same and "Crocodile park in chennai is a example of that". In early 19th century many crocs in rivers like ganga were killed by humans cause Ganga in India is treated as very holy river(Which it actually is), but we should also protect the habitats that are dwelling in that river.
   comment# 112   - Saurabh Subhash Shinde · Mumbai, india · Feb 27, 2009 @ 8:13am

When i see a picture of someone holding a tape measure next to one of these monster crocs then i will believe it. For your information the largest croc ever killed and measured was 28 feet long. It was killed by accident off the coast of Northern Queensland by an RAN patrol boat in 1975. The crew first thought that they had hit a large log but on closer inspection revealed it to be a large crocodile. No official report was writen because by this time crocodiles were listed as protected and the boats commander did not want to get in to any trouble. My grandfather was on the boat at the time and the diver that went into the water to check for damage was one of his closest friends who i have met and found to be a rather honest person. Some photos were taken but were ordered destroyed by the boats commander.
   comment# 113   - Timbo · Australia · Feb 27, 2009 @ 8:29am

You don't have to go far to be impressed,Sean;the photo you looked at,really could be a 30 footer.And it does NOT intentially use perspective to exagerrate size.The photo's 64 years old,what did you expect?
   comment# 114   - Darren · Australia · Feb 28, 2009 @ 12:19am

hi, just in today. a croc hunter just caught the biggest croc in aust history and this is authenticicated as it is filmed and measured with best evidence to date. 18ft i think.
   comment# 115   - ron · sydney australia · Mar 1, 2009 @ 4:34am

Timbo,how big is an RAN patrol boat? The reason I ask is that unless the croc actually attacked the propellor with its mouth,a normal prop would hit and deflect(and cut) any object it hit in the water.I have hit a log in a 30 foot boat and the resulting damage to the log,was not enough to kill an average sized shark.But a 28 foot crocodile with armour plated skin that could deflect most bullets-not a hope in hell of killing it.
   comment# 116   - Darren · Australia · Mar 2, 2009 @ 2:12am

For your information the largest croc ever killed and measured was 200 feet long. It was killed by accident off the coast of Arabian Sea by an Air Craft Carrier in 1975. The crew first thought that they had hit a island but on closer inspection revealed it to be a large crocodile. No official report was writen because by this time crocodiles were listed as protected and the Aircraft commander did not want to get in to any trouble. My grandfather was on the Aircraft at the time and the diver that went into the water to check for damage was one of his closest friends who i have met and found to be a rather honest person. Some photos were taken but were ordered destroyed by the boats commander.See making new stories is not a big issue any one can do that but the thing is whether ppl around you believ it or not. Timbo mate we want proofs.
   comment# 117   - Saurabh Subhash Shinde · Mumbai , India · Mar 3, 2009 @ 2:23am

Reading all of you comments has been very interesting, i do belive that there are in fact extremely large crocs out there but as a few of you have said it would have to be very old and live in an area lush with large amimals to keep it alive. In my estimations the biggest we are likely to find are going to approach 30ft although through evolution if one had evolved to live predominately in the sea, where it's weight would not be an issue and food would be plentiful then maybe just maybe one could grow to 40ft+. Anyone who says they have seen one bigger must have been smoking something, however if anyone can prove it.....lets see it!
   comment# 118   - Dr Graeme · Cambridge · Mar 4, 2009 @ 4:22pm

Largest Croc ever recorded (albeit unofficial) was caught by Aaron Saunders whilst fishing in Pioneer River, Mackay Qld, in 1932 & was shot from the veranda of the Leichardt Hotel in River St. It measured 33ft (10.05m) although officially the largest on record was shot in the Norman River (North QLD)in July 1957 by Mrs Krys Pawlowski measuring 28.4ft (8.64m). In summary I totally agree with Dr. Graeme - Lets see the proof ppl - & at least do your research before spouting off!
   comment# 119   - Adrian · Townsville, Qld, Australia · Mar 12, 2009 @ 3:58pm

Adrian-thank you for providing the details of the 'Pioneer River crocodile'.This is the crocodile that Ion Idiress mentions in his book.Apparently the skin of this crocodile was kept for quite a while,though where it is now-well I'd love to know.If anyone else has more details on this monster-please provide them.
   comment# 120   - Darren · Sydney,Australia · Mar 13, 2009 @ 4:50pm

has anyone heard of a crocodile found in the virigin river in arizona?
   comment# 121   - steve · topock,az · Mar 17, 2009 @ 1:46am

i have just received an email from the USA which has details and pictures of an Alligator that was shot by a park ranger. it is 28feet 2" long. photos show it swimming through a lake near Birmingham, Alabhama with a full grown buck deer in its mouth. the deer was later found and measured 11 feet long. this is the biggest i have ever seen.
   comment# 122   - jon · York, England · Mar 18, 2009 @ 3:57pm

there is no way to tell that it is 23 ft. by this's not next to anything that you can compare it to, even then anyone can photoshop pictures of anything to make it look like it and put it on another pic..this could be a pic. from a zoo, and prob. is...give me a break..
   comment# 123   - mike · new castle, united states · Mar 21, 2009 @ 3:48pm

Darren, there's no way that croc is even over 20 ft let alone 30, photographers 64 years ago were still well aware of perspective and were consequently able to use it.
   comment# 124   - Sean · England · Mar 25, 2009 @ 9:32pm

Darren, there's no way that croc is even over 20 ft let alone 30, photographers 64 years ago were still well aware of perspective and were consequently able to use it.
   comment# 125   - Sean · England · Mar 25, 2009 @ 9:32pm

lol Wel said Sean.........not even 20ft Darren is probably streching the truth, see i completely agree with Mike.There is a saltie in chenai crocodile Park(South India) not very old but its already around 15 feet.
   comment# 126   - Saurabh Subhash Shinde · Mumbai , India · Mar 31, 2009 @ 4:30am

Yes it is a pretty big crocodile 7 meters big big big i love crocodile
   comment# 127   - Arno · Australia · Apr 6, 2009 @ 7:22pm

grabe namn lng tungod sa buaya..dghan buaya dri...mga politiko,TMC, ug unsa pa...pero naa dri si PANGIL ang 20 ft na buaya..matsalam
   comment# 128   - bok · dabaw city · Apr 9, 2009 @ 9:47pm

A pretty big croc like Gustave; at least 26.2ft (8m) long is a true giant and very rare. The biggest saltie on record is about 27ft long and weighs at least 2tons, the average saltwater crocodile is 17ft long and weighs 1000kg.
   comment# 129   - George · Nairobi, Kenya · Apr 17, 2009 @ 12:06pm

Are they edible? Something that large would be carrying a lot of meat.
   comment# 130   - Eat Meater · Los Angeles, California, USA · Apr 26, 2009 @ 2:15am Found this pic sometime ago. There seems to be the use of perspective in the pic. However, not the size of the front leg of the croc, and the back leg is big enough to be outside the frame. The adult in the pic is stooping over, while the child is upright. That should give some reference to the height of the croc, maybe be as much as 1 meter? But there could be some decomposition and bloat of the carcass. This might be as much as 7 meters long. Comments and more observations please.
   comment# 131   - Dexter · Atlanta, GA · May 1, 2009 @ 8:11am

Dexter,I've checked out the address you'vesuggested and the giant crocodile picture on this site isn't the one you are describing.It is,however,a huge crocodile.If you could,could you send me a copy of the picture if you have a copy.It would be appreciated. jaderyan8 @h have been in contact with a former councillor in Mackay,Queensland,who whilst in office, led a campaign to have a fibreglass replica of the 'Pioneer River' crocodile made.He told me that in fact the crocodile was shot in the 1880's,not 1932,as previously mentioned.It wasn't shot from the pub,but from a position where the pub now stands.He has a photo of what he believes could be the crocodile.He also has another photo of a crocodile that he believes to be around 25 feet long.When I get copies of these-I will forward them to whoever wants them.
   comment# 132   - Darren · Sydney ,Australia · May 4, 2009 @ 2:48pm I found this just searching for croc pics one day so the link and jpeg is what I bookmarked. One more thing about the pic though, the destruction of the bottom jaw: Gunfire or rope damage?
   comment# 133   - Dexter · Atlanta, GA · May 5, 2009 @ 5:42am

OK,Dexter,I have the photo you are talking about,and thank you for sending it to me. Comments;Once again,it is very difficult to put the photo into perspective to give us some kind of idea as to how big it is.But I think this;The people in behind it look like dwarfs in comparison.If the photo was a recent one,I would say that the photographer has used children in adults clothing behind it to make the crocodile look bigger.But the photo is clearly very old.It is one of those photos from the walls of those old pubs at the top of Queensland and The Northern Territory.It looks bulkier and thicker than Darren Ledets 30 foot crocodile from Saipan Island.The damage to the lower jaw could be a number of things and aren't the point of contention we are attempting to sort out here.Like I've said before on this Blog,I've seen a 17-18 foot crocodile before and they are so much bigger than a 16 footer in girth.This crocodile looks much bigger than the crocodile I saw on Green Island in the 1970's.The photos from my friend in Mackay may be able to put some of these other photo's into some sort of perspective.
   comment# 134   - Darren · Sydney ,Australia · May 11, 2009 @ 1:51am

Check this out YouTube I don't know how big but it's really big. I think that it's somewhere in Malaysia/Indonesia.
   comment# 135   - Ahmad · Malaysia · May 12, 2009 @ 11:48pm

Actually, the largest crocodile ever recorded, was an individual saltwater croc accidentally killed by the British navy while dropping depth charges off the coast of Eastern India, perhaps near Orissa, during World-War II. The croc that surfaced measured over 50ft long (55ft long) as estimate after it was dragged along the British navy vessels side (to measure it). It was massive and information about this incident are found in British naval archives. So while some people of limited imagination and narrow mind might ridicule the possibility of such a large animal; British officers (of the typically British hypocritical Stiff Upper lip, generation of the time), swear by it.
   comment# 136   - John H. Whiteman · Britain aka United Kingdom · May 31, 2009 @ 12:48pm

Darren please care to send the pictures you obtained to me too. (bren_isidro1988 @ Thanks alot in advance! :)
   comment# 137   - Bren · Philippines · Jun 4, 2009 @ 5:14am

I am an ordinary wildlife lover and i like hiking....I am born in Rajasthan and we dont have any salt water crocodiles here in Rajasthan [according to my knowledge]. I've encountered a crocodile {maggar) near ramgarh in a pond it was a 7 footer and I was glad to see a crocodile in a basking in the morning. I do not wish to comment on others who are infatuated with large sized reptiles like the Salt water crocodile. I am here just to tell you its not about the size of the animal, its all about discovering one on your own, i didn't went on a crocodile safari on a boat, i am content like a cow and may be one day i will go to Orissa to see this so called Huge crocodile....I hardly believe cos on it cause we Indians have a habit of exagarating things, but if it is true then i will emphatically find out whether there is a 23 footer in BHITARKANIKA [without risking my life like Mr. Steve Irwin...long live the legend] I admire people who are precise in work or who have great passion for their work but i do not entertain losers and cynics and dirty criticizers who never do any adventurus work and just surf the internet to find out which coutry has the biggest crocodile or what so ever! Let me tell you once again friends that some of us need to clear their vision...... and I thank all the other bright minds who are reading this and giving away Precious Knowledge. Thank You Sincerely Vikas B. nair (Artist) Contact me if you want to see my 7 tandavehswar
   comment# 138   - Vikas B. Nair · India · Aug 2, 2009 @ 5:16am

Please let me know if you people know any good spots to see maggars near Jaipur
   comment# 139   - Vikas B. Nair · India · Aug 5, 2009 @ 8:00am

There are no crocodiles 200ft long the largest only approach 8-meters long and weigh around 2 tons.
   comment# 140   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,new Jersey · Aug 14, 2009 @ 7:51pm

crocodiles today are a shadow of their sizes in the past. Today the largest crocodiles only get around 23+feet(7+meters)long or roughly 8 meters and weigh only 4,000 pounds. In the past crocodiles could get from 50 to 60 feet and weigh 8-9 tons.
   comment# 141   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Sep 30, 2009 @ 5:54pm

Gustave, is 22ft and is a pure man eater mainly becuase of the wars where the dead bodies where thrown into the river nile and crocs would finish them off so they have a strong taste for human flesh. Many have tried to capture him but have failed again and again. He has scars from bullets,knifes and all sorts from attempts to capture him. He is the most deadly and dangerous of the crocodiles, Just because we havnt seen one larger than 23 ft DOES NOT mean they do not exist. Im 98% sure there are larger ones we havnt discovered yet.
   comment# 142   - Josh · australia, adelaide · Oct 2, 2009 @ 3:45am

Also there is no record of a 55ft croc being dragged from the british waters. The largest that has been recorded to date was a 40ft croc which was only bones remains, it would feed on dinosaurs and 12ft long fish. This is at chicago yale university
   comment# 143   - Josh · australia, adelaide · Oct 2, 2009 @ 3:49am

Thats a 7 meter crock!!!! I caught a 4 meter alligator out in the everglades 1 time. The little critter nearly took me down but i hammered its head in with a baseball bat
   comment# 144   - Gerald Imp · Nashville · Oct 4, 2009 @ 7:53pm

You know although this doesn't relate to crocodiles it is still pretty intersting. On wikepedia when i looked up green anaconda it says that they can grow from 19 to 23 feet and with reticulated pythons it said over 28.5 feet long. Now when I looked up largest Organisms on wikipedia it said that the largest green anaconda was 31ft long and that the largest python was 33 feet long can someone help me understand what there trying to say?
   comment# 145   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Oct 9, 2009 @ 6:58pm

Wow! There are more tall stories on this website than you could shake a stick at! Crocs and fables seem to go together. Here are some facts. Back in the 1960s I interviewed and knew well Ron and Kris Pawlowski, the crack croc-hunters in north Queensland, Australia. I have no reason to doubt their account of killing a 28-foot specimen (one of 10,000 crocs they shot before becoming conservationists). Ron is one of the straightest persons I have known and not at all the type to exaggerate. In the 1980s they had in their house the skull of another monster, which by its size must have measured over 20 feet. Ron and Kris are two of the most remarkable, resilient people I have met — read more about them in my book The Incredible Gulf, published by Rigby Ltd of Adelaide and Robert Hale of the UK (maybe a copy still hanging around some public library).
   comment# 146   - David Baird · Spain · Oct 10, 2009 @ 12:21pm

The biggest is not Gustave but this one ! and since no one has ever measured any other crocs before so this one is the longest however I am damn sure there are bigger monsters still in the open and they may be in Australia
   comment# 147   - your boss · Triolet , Mauritius · Oct 26, 2009 @ 10:38am

The largest measured saltwater crocodiles are about 20.7 feet long although examinations of incomplete remains and skulls move that up to 23+feet or 24 feet long. It is certainly possible that saltwater crocodiles that size still exist today but they would be incredibly rare.They can also weigh 2,600-4,000 pounds or up to 2 tons.
   comment# 148   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Oct 31, 2009 @ 1:27pm

If you really want them to grow you have to stop wearing croc skin... and you can also start some kind of NGO that feeds wild crocodiles.. But be careful you don't want them to relate food with you May be after 2000 years your crocodiles will grow bigger due to the mutation that has occurred due to excessive feeding...
   comment# 149   - Vikas B. Nair · Jaipur, India · Nov 14, 2009 @ 1:13pm

how can there be prehistoric animals when prehistoric means before history, and if u believe in the bible, which you should cause it is true, then That would be before life was even here, meaning that the crocs or dinosaurs lived before we or anything else ever lived. sounds pretty dum to me, and if you wonder why a lot of dinosaurs are not here still today, the flood, which devasted them and most were killed by the flood, where as even when they were on the ark, there was only two of the species not two of every kind, so it might be said that a lot of the dinosaurs didn't have the mass supply of each other to quickly repopulate so some died off, the crocs however did. we humans have always been here even with the dinasaurs. we may not have always called them dinosaurs, but we might have called them Dragons, in Peru they found nearly 50000 Ica stones which are dinosaurs and man living together, they are stones with images of man and dinosaurs living together. that is all i am going to say. just a little bit of something i wanted to share to disprove all this evolution theory which is clearly wrong
   comment# 150   - Dave Reynolds · colorado springs colorado · Nov 18, 2009 @ 10:32am

crocodile is killed big my parents and eat him and me the knife is killed the crocodile and after one year the old crocodile eat the old man and my five friends killed him the old crocodile
   comment# 151   - joman · manila · Dec 13, 2009 @ 3:18am

Darren, Why dont you just ask the guys at the Normanton pub to send you a copy of the pic, its on their wall in the main bar of the pub. Or at least get one of the local guys to photograph it and send it to you. I know the Savannah airlines and Westwing airlines pilots go there all the time, im sure one of them will do it for you if the publican refuses or cant!
   comment# 152   - Scott · Australia · Jan 4, 2010 @ 2:27am

did you people create chinese whisper...i have a terrapin and its 2" long i swear
   comment# 153   - fred · ireland · Jan 7, 2010 @ 6:30pm

I'm sure there's still quite a few giant salties out there in very remote regions of the south pacific, and India. I recently read a book titled "Croc" about the old Australian crocodile hunters. It also delivered information on natural history, and attacks on humans.... among other things. These old croc hunters stated that most big male crocs didn't exceed 17-18 feet, and that anything over 20 feet was extremely rare. However, once these big guys reach around 15 feet (or so), they start to get extremely massive and put on tons of weight and bone mass. I've`seen several large crocodiles 15 to 20 feet in length (probably larger) in Papua New Guinea. And because of PNG's remoteness would bet it has a large population of giants especially in the Fly, Sepik, and Ramu river systems. Some of the skulls I've seen on these rivers approached a meter (or more) long and probably weighed 30 lbs. What magnificent reptiles these guys are!
   comment# 154   - Barney Fife · USA · Jan 19, 2010 @ 8:35pm

A great book by Attilio Gatti, "Killers All," (1943, Robert M. McBride Pub., NY) has several chapters about a legendary man-eating croc near Lake Tanganyika in the 1920's. It was killed by an ingenious, risky strategem, acc. to Gatti, and was 35 feet long, 4 tons (pp. 150-182).
   comment# 155   - Philip · Florida, USA · Jan 24, 2010 @ 7:56pm

in the 1960s i was a journo working on the northern territory news in darwin when the skin of a croc shot or trapped in the daly river was brought to the newspaper office. we unrolled it on the roadway and i helped measure it -- just on 22 feet with a couple of inches probably lost in the skinning process. we ran a photo in the NT News and it must still exist in the archives unless they were lost in cyclone tracy. year would be 1961 or 62 -- an authenticated case of a giant crocodile.
   comment# 156   - shawtodds · new york, usa · Jan 25, 2010 @ 1:35pm

Wait a minute. Shot by a women!? Who would give a bloody gun to a bloody woman!?
   comment# 157   - Brian James · London · Jan 26, 2010 @ 8:17pm

There is a skull of a saltwater crocodile that based on the size came from a specimen 22 feet 7 inches long.
   comment# 158   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Feb 13, 2010 @ 6:26pm

A saltwater crocodile 30 feet ( 9 meters) or even 33 feet ( 10 meters) and weighing 3 tons would approach the size of some prehistoric crocodiles so in other words the chances of finding a prehistoric sized saltwater crocodile are pretty weak and anyway there are no known crocodiles or records for that matter of any crocodiles that big. Anything over 23 feet (7 meters) 1.5 tons is considered unlikely.
   comment# 159   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Feb 17, 2010 @ 1:56pm

watched a movie based on gustave today.was to know more about gustave
   comment# 160   - helen · thabazimbi , south africa · Feb 18, 2010 @ 6:32am

thats the biggest alligator ive ever seen in my life you have to be lucky to get that big on
   comment# 161   - country girl · bay st louis mississippi · Feb 18, 2010 @ 7:00am

The largest saltwater crocodile in total and confirmed measured 23 feet and weighed 3,000 pounds
   comment# 162   - Anton Hinds · Randolph, New Jersey · Feb 18, 2010 @ 11:14am

wow did someone actually say "floods" killed the giant prehistoric crocodiles? there is some interesting stories on this page gotta love the net. But in all honesty dont you think its a lil presumptuous of us to assume that we have discovered all a know all. to this day we know more about the surface of the moon then what lies in are own oceans. now is not the time for stories now is the time for exploring and history. if we left the poor things alone who knows how big the bloody animals would get.
   comment# 163   - bo bo · usa · Feb 20, 2010 @ 12:57pm

I am from Orissa, I am very glad to know this.Though these crocs have been threate to local people as sometimes many of them escape to rivers where people from near villeges use water for their daily work.I saw myself crocodile floating on water in the river.But these crocs are well taken care and flourishing due to only the willing power and obcession towards these dangereous reptiles of wild life personel of Orissa.And people understand this.We live here together.
   comment# 164   - Dipti Prakash Palai · Bangalore, India · Feb 23, 2010 @ 6:26am

Actually, a crocodile's head is not always one seventh (1:7) of its total body length. It varies with the individual, the species, gender and length. The head to total body length ratio increases with length. For salwater crocodiles, on average, hatchlings' heads are about one fifth (1:5) of their total body length, and by the time they reach 20 feet, the ratio is about 1:8.5. Considering that this "25 foot" long animal is clearly much larger than 20 feet, it's head to total body length ratio could be higher than 1:10. A ratio of 1:10 puts the total body length of this particular animal at 36 feet. This crocodile's length is undoubtebly somewhere between 25 (1:7) and 50 feet (1:14). If you want to know how to work this out, dividing 25 by 7 gives you the length of this crocodile's skull (since they just multiplied the skull length by 7 to give the assumed total body length (25 feet), according this website). For a head to total body length ratio of 1:10, just times the head length (25 divided by 7) by 10. However this crocodile's head to total body length ration will certainly not be higher than 1:14. Apparently this increase in the head to total body length ratio was only discovered in the last few years, so that's probably why this site states the ratio as 1:7.
   comment# 165   - Information · Manchester, England · Feb 23, 2010 @ 12:31pm

come to the kimberley region in the far north west of australia and you'll see some real croc's :) might even get to catch a few at night...just the little one's though...check out the Documentary called 'Northern Safari' for one of the first steve irwin's.. back in the 60's....he catches one thats 6.5m long and got the photo's and hole in his boat to prove it. unreal doco...have fun! i'm off fishing tomorrow, might see a croc or two :)
   comment# 166   - will · the kimberley, AUSTRALIA · Feb 26, 2010 @ 8:09am

There is absolutely no way to find the biggest crocodile in this world, because recordings could only be done randomly. One thing is certain, even if the croc grows 40 feet or even 400 feet, they absolutely don't stand a chance with selfish human beings around.
   comment# 167   - Venkat · Chennai, India · Mar 1, 2010 @ 7:45am

Forgive me about my rescent claims of saltwater crocodiles being 24-27ft like is said the largest saltwater crocodile measured no more than 23 foot long and weighed 3,000 pounds.
   comment# 168   - Anton Hinds · Randolph,New Jersey · Mar 20, 2010 @ 8:45am

Crocodiles are green, long, with teeth, two eyes, a mouth that can eat you, a strong tail and they are very cool to hang out with. Totally the kind of pet you want to have. I have three females and a male.
   comment# 169   - Kyle · South Dakota, USA · Mar 24, 2010 @ 9:40am

Change 'Size' topic..Has anybody read about ramree Island? Wikipedia says, "The Guinness Book of Records lists the Ramree crocodile attacks under the heading "The Greatest Disaster Suffered from Animals" (2550)."That night [of the 19 February 1945] was the most horrible that any member of the M.L. [motor launch] crews ever experienced. The scattered rifle shots in the pitch black swamp punctured by the screams of wounded men crushed in the jaws of huge reptiles, and the blurred worrying sound of spinning crocodiles made a cacophony of hell that has rarely been duplicated on earth. At dawn the vultures arrived to clean up what the crocodiles had left...Of about 1,000 Japanese soldiers that entered the swamps of Ramree, only about 20 were found alive."
   comment# 170   - Nilay Mehta · India · Mar 25, 2010 @ 1:15pm

I've been to this park. The croc is sick. Bigger than I could have ever imagined. Cool Gators and Dragons. Go to this park!
   comment# 171   - Jeremy · Holland, MI · Apr 15, 2010 @ 8:22pm

Darren, I would love to see pics and info you have on the big crocs. I love them, big or small. Beautiful, amazing creatures!
   comment# 172   - Doc · Altus, United States · May 9, 2010 @ 11:11am

The comments referring to a 33 ft saltie are correct. There was an article (together with photograph) in the Daily Mercury, Mackay, Queensland, printed around 1982 which detailed the capture of the croc in 1882 (a century earlier)by shooting it from the pier in the Pioneer River (near the present day Forgan Smith bridge). The photo showed the men with tape measure from nose tip to tail - 33 ft. A true monster. The Daily Mercury must surely still have this in their archival material.
   comment# 173   - John Burrows · Australia · Jun 7, 2010 @ 7:32pm

Why can't I find any simple info., about if there are any introduced estuarine crocodile from Australia ,in the u.s.a. or Fla. ,u.s.a. ? Or if there are any American wholesale hatch-lings alive estuarine crocodile's . Or price range to own some /each .? And if the American- government isn't trying to make Mt.-lion's & rattle snake's & bear species of the new world instinct at all then why not .I have nothing against the American Gov. .Just want simple answer's For simple question's w/o similar or other answer's that has nothing to do w/what I ask most of the time for a change as well .Please give friendly feed-back ? Thank you for your time .
   comment# 174   - Lee · u.s.a. · Jun 26, 2010 @ 9:44am

bull the biggest saltwater crocs are in india come to the northern territory in australia
   comment# 175   - jake · australia · Jul 29, 2010 @ 5:35pm Longer than the truck and extraordinary girth
   comment# 176   - Duane · Stone Mountain, GA USA · Aug 5, 2010 @ 6:52am

My great uncle shot and wounded the giant croc Krystina Pawlowski shot and killed six years before she reported killing it. He described it as being well in excess of six metres with a green head nearly half the length of his dinghy.
   comment# 177   - Demo · Brisbane, Australia · Aug 12, 2010 @ 3:48am

Great for protected, park raised, tourism crocs. I personally have had an american alligator that was approximately 17ft. get under my boat. The size is guestimated based on the appearance that this lad was about 2-3 ft. bigger than the 15ft. skiff I was in at the time.
   comment# 178   - Galabambo · mobile,ala. usa · Aug 19, 2010 @ 4:34pm

It must be amazing to see a crocodile that big.
   comment# 179   - Lenalee · Singapore · Aug 23, 2010 @ 6:29am

Come to Darwin, Northern Territory. Australia. I will take you all out to see a couple of 6.5 Metre crocs ( 22 ft) There are bigger ones out there. The area i fish in is about 100,000 klm square. Some trips take 2 days to get where we go. There is nothing in between except rivers and huge inland Billabongs ( lakes ). This is where the big ones live. 5m crocs are everywhere now. They are boring to look at as there are so many.What we look for are the bigger ones. We have seen them. Ive seen one estimated to be 7m with a 3metre croc in its mouth. It spun around when it saw us and covered us in mud with its tail thrashing in the water.It had the 3metre croc in its mouth the whole time. My friend has the photos. look at this link this one is pretty big. The truck is an old Toyota Landcruiser. They are at least 5 metres long but maybe a bit more. Australia has the biggest Crocs. The thing is it is extremely hard to know where to find them. We have 8,000 klm of coastline at the Top where the crocs live but only about 150,000 people living here. They have a hassle free easy existence with an abundance of food so they are getting bigger. They are also protected and noone shoots them anymore.
   comment# 180   - Grant · Darwin · Sep 4, 2010 @ 6:25pm

Has anyone seen the Gator pics from over in Alabama 28ft long mad stuff cheers
   comment# 181   - Richard · Tasmania · Sep 8, 2010 @ 9:07pm

i was born in mackay and so was my dad and he and my grandad both used to tell about the 33 footer shot in the pioneer grandad was born just outside mackay in 1900 so i believe he had apretty good knowledge of this.there was also a big one shot in sandy creek where my grandad grew up and someone in our family has this picture .
   comment# 182   - dave · usa · Sep 11, 2010 @ 4:24pm

the st-augustine alligator farm whice is right below jacksonville has "GOMEK" he was a supposed man eater harponed in the tail and caught in the 60's and bought by the alligator farm he just died a cpl years ago and they still have him preserved in his enclosure,he is 20ft long
   comment# 183   - john · jacksonville florida · Sep 29, 2010 @ 8:22am

Wow guys, have enjoyed reading your tales and the giant pics are awesome!! If anyone has any more pics of monster crocs please send them to me asap :)
   comment# 184   - Nick Rogers · Australia · Oct 3, 2010 @ 5:16am

There is NO authentic photograph of the 33 ft Mackay Crocodile.I have been sent a black and white photograph of what is supposedly this crocodile.With all respect to everyone who has sent me proof of this.....there is none that I have seen.The photograph is of a crocdile that looks no larger than 12 feet.It just isn't thick enough.The question that i would love to have answered for me, about the Mackay 33 footer,is,what happened to the skin-someone out there has it.A private collector,or in some museum basement..but it exists somewhere...because in the 1880's in Mackay,Queensland,a 33 foot crocodile WAS shot dead,exibited in a tent for a few shillings,and then skinned.The path of the skin ends in London,and now it is lost in the fog of history.
   comment# 185   - Darren · Australia · Oct 16, 2010 @ 3:21am

hell yeah that cad is huge
   comment# 186   - levi · geneva al. · Oct 28, 2010 @ 7:18am

I saw a stuffed 18 foot crocodile in the Darwin ( Australia ) Museum in july 2010. Named " Sweetheart" it had been attacking fishing dingys in Darwin Harbour and drowned while an attempts was made to trap it. Weighed in at over 800 kg. Catch is - just how do you measure and weigh any bigger live specimen ?
   comment# 187   - Tony · Austalia · Nov 13, 2010 @ 12:40am

why does anyone care about some gay crocodile you people should be focusing on more important things....
   comment# 188   - dildo · east hampton · Nov 17, 2010 @ 6:52am

thought you might find this interesting Darren Hopefully you can read the whole article and see the photos that were in the sunday mail.
   comment# 189   - Mitch · Airlie Beach, Queensland · Nov 28, 2010 @ 2:59am

Have spoken to Pastor Elton thompson....I'm going straight to Normanton for this one.....could be what we've all been looking for....
   comment# 190   - Darren · Australia · Dec 5, 2010 @ 1:23am

Look forward to your report on the Normanton "monster", Darren. I'm a little concerned that we haven't heard from you since December 5, however? Take care out there! I've no doubt there are some scary mothers lurking in northern Australia. Has anyone found a link for a photo of the 33-footer shot dead off Mackay, Queensland in 1882? It would appear that beast is reliably documented?
   comment# 191   - Rod · Port Douglas, Queensland · Dec 13, 2010 @ 2:41am

The best time to see the big crocs is in winter time when they are warming themselves on a sandbank.And then,you have to see them from a plane. Another document I've discovered is as follows;In 1962,a crocodile shooter named Colin Gostelow,from the Marina Station,shot a 25 feet 2 inch crocodile.It was skinned and what happened then I am yet to ascertain.But as I find out I will let you all know.
   comment# 192   - Darren · Australia · Dec 21, 2010 @ 10:43pm

Why do people keep shooting these poor reptiles? Darn! These hunters must leave 4 crocodiles every day :( the croc is, what the /././. do you think it is.
   comment# 193   - fabio · america · Dec 24, 2010 @ 8:10pm

The largest crocidile was a crocidile steve irwin caught named Golith, it was 25.6 ft long.
   comment# 194   - ghostvenom · florida · Jan 8, 2011 @ 1:05pm

I apologize, Goliath, the real largest croc found by steve irwin was 33.1 feet long.
   comment# 195   - GhostVenom · florida · Jan 8, 2011 @ 1:12pm

Steve Irwin may have found another croc measuring 33.1 feet, but "Goliath" appears to be satisfactorily documented at 16.1 feet, plus an allowance for loss of some tail, making an estimated 17 feet in length. For details of "Goliath" and other Irwin captures go to: Rod, Port Douglas, Queensland
   comment# 196   - Rod Perry · Port Douglas Australia · Jan 9, 2011 @ 2:04pm

well i think it is true after all the pictures ive seen
   comment# 197   - chanel · south africa · Jan 14, 2011 @ 6:15am

Why hunt them? Its like CRAZY PEOPLE would do it only. They deserve to get attacked Also: Isn't one of the other largest crocodiles in Thailand?
   comment# 198   - Fabio · Indonesia · Jan 16, 2011 @ 7:21pm

It's a shame that large crocs like these are rare. So far the "monster gene" has been delayed within the crocodilian gene pool, so long as there ate humans to dominate this planet. But I still think supercrocs are out there, and it's benificial that we leave them alone. Big reason is that both of us don't kill eachother
   comment# 199   - Necromorph>human · Maryland · Jan 30, 2011 @ 6:18pm

Yea people are crazy, sad that the only way to marvel these animals is if we kill them :( on the bright side we are safe, but I hope those giant crocs are in some untouched habitats
   comment# 200   - Necromorph rules · Maryland · Jan 30, 2011 @ 6:22pm

i have 2 salt water croc skulls that are 33inches long from the back of the lower jaws to the nose tip and 16 inches wide these must have come off BIG crocs
   comment# 201   - mark · englend · Feb 2, 2011 @ 10:04am

I was born in Mackay and I remember being taken by my mother in the 50's to a small museum in Sydney Street which was a small shop and had a strip of hide from what was claimed the world's largest crocodile at 33Ft that was supposed to have been shot in the Pioneer River in the 20s or 30's pointed out to me. It was one piece and mounted on the and extended the full length of a side wall, across the back wall and part way up the other wall back toward the front door. I believe this shop was owned or operated by a Mr or Dr WILLIAMS. I was about 10 at the time and vey impressed by this as it was very polished and about 6 inches wide at both end and much wider in the middle. It certainly looked one piece. Perhaps other from Mackay may remember this.
   comment# 202   - Maurice · Australia · Feb 3, 2011 @ 3:24am

Oh too many stories from too many people!!!!!!!!!! the only recorded big croc is from india because of its natural habitat and the food availability. there may be unrecorded croc from nile and australia. guys please do not confuse with measurement what other guys have made, just stick with Guinness records because its authenticated.
   comment# 203   - Dr.Adil · United Kingdom · Feb 9, 2011 @ 11:51am

Having read all the comments in this blog and having researched large crocs, I belive that it is not only likely but very probable that large crocs exist in remote places arounf the world. 30 foot crocs are very very unlikely to exist, however, 20 - 25 foot are out there! It is the same as saying that great whites only grow to 6 metres long as this the size that has been caught. My point is just because a certain species has been caught at a certain size dosen't mean that there are not bigger ones out here! BTW I will be going to Normanton in April this year so hopefully I can get some evidence!
   comment# 204   - Neilo · Australia · Feb 12, 2011 @ 2:33am

Giant croc pix, keep em coming!!!
   comment# 205   - Bren · Philippines · Feb 26, 2011 @ 12:20am

   comment# 206   - SHASHI YADUVANSHI · india, west bengal, asansol · Feb 28, 2011 @ 6:53am

I'll be darned if that is not the BIGGEST CROC EVER! who knew
   comment# 207   - Bill Weathers · Seattle, Washington · Mar 14, 2011 @ 7:26pm

Crazy enough sum buds & i saw ourselves & rasseled with a croc that had ti be over 20ft. We had two boats and ours was 12ft. & this thing was twice as big as our boat. We were going down the river and hit a bump we thought it was a log. Well it was this croc & it nearly flipped us & gave me the scare of my life it ran up on banks looked at us angrily and walked off. Real scarry stuff
   comment# 208   - Butt Munch · Jacksonville,Fl,USA · Mar 17, 2011 @ 10:19pm

Largest crocodile? 23 feet!!! that is just surprising i mean like how do they grow that tall? The tallest man was only 8 ft 11.1 inches. Animals that grow to big have something wrong with them. check out the largest crocodile on youtube!!
   comment# 209   - Hiassen · Soderhamn,Sweeden · Mar 18, 2011 @ 6:57am

believe me or not i have witness the croc which just imagine the size of croc which you can campared with the size of a Big School bus, it is still alive in BHITARKANIKA. i know you all dnt believe becoz i have no evidence but in my estimation its about the size of 28-34 feet long and that croc has eaten my two frnds wholly swallon. while if anybody vist Bhitarkanika just say your guide for night drive on a boat or steamer to the middle zone. that area is completed indicated as [Dead Zone] board and if you pay extra money to your guide u may can view him. But remember after 7pm there will be no rescue mission becoz i have experience it. Enter at your Own Risk.
   comment# 210   - Tinku Parida · Orissa, India · Mar 21, 2011 @ 11:59am

want to see a Mega croc just mail me i stay near 10km frm bhitarkanika and i have my frnds who are guide and if you pay me some extra money i can take you to see the salt water crocodile about the size of 35 foot long but i saying u clearly u must be a good swimmer & good climber becoz that crocodile loacllly famous name BELAR is aggresive and little slow but its killed more than 90 local peoples. ENTER BHITARKANIKA AT YOUR OWN RISK .
   comment# 211   - Tinku Parida · Orissa, India · Mar 21, 2011 @ 12:26pm

i love crocodiles even thought 1 bit off my left leg
   comment# 212   - tiyanah · india · Mar 25, 2011 @ 9:35am

I read these comments and just start laughing at how mpst of you probly never see or know anything about crocs and still exaggerate their size. The average adult size for a saltwater is 13 ft. With some reaching 17 or 18 ft. The largest croc accurately measured by a scientist (the only way it actually counts) is 20 ft by one shot on the Mary River and another 20 ft. Croc from new guinea. Im not saying 25-30 footers dont exist, im saying its unlikely and no one has actually found one and proved it, no matter how big you say it is there is nothing to be said till you put a tape measure down its back.
   comment# 213   - Zane · Australia · Mar 30, 2011 @ 12:59am

Zane i more fact croc can be big in size upto 35 feet long both in natural cause and also of mutation. dnt believe the fact the try on alligator or salties croc just give them a regular dose of Steriods & Omega 17 theses two chemical can make Crocs & alligator extra large in size belive me because we have made a Mega Mutatuant croc size of 35 feet and it was at captivity under science project but last November its unleased of of its cage and now on Bhitarkanika - Tinku its true you have witness the Monster what i have created it. After all Human with the help of Science can make every thing posssible. Its a Science-Genetic Game.
   comment# 214   - Bhim Rao - Bio-Genetical Engineer · Chandibali, Odissa, India · Mar 31, 2011 @ 2:53am

Bhim whatever you say its true because the ancestral of crocodile named Dukasaurus that rules sea in cretaceous period was size upto 90 foot long and weight more than 20 ton believe it on not its feed on ancestor of Great White. but what ever you have done it just mis-use of Human technology, you have created a animal thats now can be threat to the Mankind, just i want to say that you has gone aginst the law of nature. shame on you
   comment# 215   - steve Micheal - · Everglades, USA · Apr 4, 2011 @ 12:10pm

Suggesting there is no croc bigger than 20 feet is like saying there has never been an earthquake stronger than 9.5 (Chile) simply because one hasn't been measured, but accurate measuring has been around for barely 100 years. Measuring live crocs is probably even harder. A lot of scientists didn't think the Giant Squid was real until they actually washed up on shore. I think it's fair to say that there are crocs out there bigger than 20 feet that just haven't been measured yet. It's ridiculous to say that 20 is the magical cutoff number, like they hit a wall or something at that point.
   comment# 216   - Andrew · New York · Apr 4, 2011 @ 3:32pm

I have been working on a croc farm for 7 years the biggest croc caught in Darwin is 17ft 5inch i measured it. 25 feet crocs dnt exist.
   comment# 217   - jason · darwin · Apr 22, 2011 @ 6:29am

people it is a nice to think that there are still big crocs out there but to be realistic for how much longer the human race is encroaching on all habitats we are our own worst enemy KILLING animals for sport is not my idea of fun for all you expert hunters or would be hunters out there just remember that the predator can also become the prey , to get back to the topic of crocodiles i absolutely love them they are the great survivers i wonder if 25-30foot monsters still live out there in the most out of reach plces of our planet , salt water crocs are the largest of the croc species but the story of gustav some of you people dont believe the story and i dont know why not due to human intervention the croc has become a man eater (civil war ) feeding on dumped human remains being dumped in the rivers crocs are inteligent oppurtunistic predators and size does not mean anything in the water so comeon guys pls send me some nice pics if you have anything my email adress is thanks.
   comment# 218   - Pieter Beling · East London South Africa · Apr 28, 2011 @ 6:10am

Largest crocodile ever recorded? What about the big fish stories I mentioned earlier? Would you believe the largest saltwater crocodile ever reported was 10.1 m (33.1 feet)? This animal was apparently killed in the Bay of Bengal, and was so large only its head was recovered. A skull reportedly belonging to this animal was stored in the British Museum, but when it was measured later it was estimated to have come from a 15.7 ft (4.8 m) crocodile - less than half the claimed length. The skull of another claimed 29 ft (8.8 m) monster was also later determined to belong to a crocodile no larger than 16.2 ft (4.9 m). Gustav remains largest croc (nile) in the world.
   comment# 219   - Natural · alexandria · Apr 29, 2011 @ 12:48pm

I still haven't heard anything about a "real" measurement of any of these big crocodiles, other than Gomek when he died, who is nearly 10 feet shorter than the monsters everybody here is talking about. Nobody ever really measured Yai or any of the other captive super-crocs. I think they top out at around 20 feet, this being the absolute biggest. They reach a few feet under 20 and just start getting wider and fatter. I wonder what Yai would really measure if he was tranked and accurately measured by experts not affiliated with the park or even that country. My quess is 17-18 feet. I don't doubt there are massive salties near 20 feet in length but these stories of ones 23-30 feet are stupid without any good evidence and good measurements. It's just like the Great White debate, where even the Cuban 21 footer is in question.
   comment# 220   - Mohammed Shomam · Canada · May 7, 2011 @ 8:15pm

No reason to hunt those crocodiles. Hope that croc would never die. If he does, that's so not good. I am a alligator lover. If I see somebody kill a croc, it's not good. I agree with everything Fabio said. CRocodiles are just nice animals. I'm sure they don't mean to ATTACK people. It's acctuly the person's fault. Not the crocodiles. Stay away from crocodiles. Their always hungry. Look up Philidelphia Zoo Crocodile Feeding on it's awesome. There are lot's of over shaped things. It's their brain's fault. Crocodiles are supposed to be 18-20? feet alligator 10-17? feet. Can sombody tell me the correct ansers to how long they are? Thanks :)
   comment# 221   - Jacob · Florida · May 15, 2011 @ 1:50pm

As a boy, in the mid 1960's, as I was thumbing through a stack of National Geographic magazines,I was stunned by a photograph of a crocodile that had been shot in a river. The article said, that it took one hundred men to drag it's carcass ashore .The photo showed this dead croc, and maybe 8 or 9 guys lined up in front of it for scale. The abdomen was so thick, it was nearly as tall as the men . It was a beautiful sunset shot , hard to forget.Have I exaggerated the size in memory? Did Nat-Geo pull a fast one? Has anyone else seen this picture?
   comment# 222   - Tom · New York , USA · May 16, 2011 @ 8:57am

An interesting thread: a cocktail of intelligible/incomprehensible comment, in roughly equal proportions. I'm prompted to make this contribution, encouraged by recent #216 (Andrew), and #222 (Tom), interestingly both from New York (fortunately neither gentleman reports local sightings of giant crocs!). Northern tropical Australia would appear to be a logical region for development of larger than average crocs. Prior to mid-1800s this enormous area was inhabited almost exclusively by Aboriginal people who, given their tiny population, would have inflicted minimal impact upon the crocodile population. Clearly, why risk lives hunting monster crocs when tender, juicy 2 metre versions were common, and no challenge for experienced hunters? From mid-1800s onwards, European infiltration saw introduction of domestic cattle grazing, and feral exotic animals: water buffalo, wild pigs, camel, later in plague proportions. A wonderful, ready smorgasbord for the savvy croc population! The shooting in 1882 of a purported 33-footer in Mackay Queensland (see #132, 173, 182, 185, 202), and "Pawlowski" 1957 28-footer (#48, 50-51, 53-54, 133 (photo link), 146) appear to be reasonably reliably documented. To these, I'll add comment from a local friend, Senior Ranger, Queensland Parks & Wildlife Services (1980s/1990s), whose "patch" was the enormous York Peninsula, Queensland. Of 8 metre crocs, as wide as an average 4WD (SUV)in his words, this modest man vo
   comment# 223   - Rod · Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia · May 17, 2011 @ 3:23am

I note my Comment #223 above went just over the limit for allowable characters. The final sentence, to make some sense of it all, was intended to read as follows: Of 8 metre crocs, as wide as an average 4WD (SUV)in his words, this modest man volunteered only "I've seen a few".
   comment# 224   - Rod · Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia · May 18, 2011 @ 12:51am

bahut bada hai yaar
   comment# 225   - deepak · jaipur · May 20, 2011 @ 3:06am

   comment# 226   - THE ROCK · MIAMI,FLORIDA · May 29, 2011 @ 6:24pm

i want to see its picture
   comment# 227   - sudip · india · Jun 4, 2011 @ 11:46pm

Thank You Tinku, As reading your Comments i have visited Bhitar kanika Since last March 2011 and i Do take a night ride on steamer as you say it, first i also laugh at your comments but when i witness him, i was shocked because that Gaint Monster crocodile eat Another Crocodile i feel so feared that my Guide say me to stay silence and he close all the lights. Mr Bhim Rao of Comments#214 what ever you have created its not look like crocodile because his size would be 35 foot or more in my view i have never seen anything like that because i am a crocodile Hunter in my Past. Shame on you Bhim you have go against the Law of Nature.I hope that till i am Alive i will never ever go to Bhitar kanika.
   comment# 228   - Stephen · Queensland, Australia · Jun 6, 2011 @ 8:16am

Mr. Stephen of Comment No-228 i understand how you feel, but some facts are dont need to reveal so Scientist Like Bhim Rao are Created those animals that can hunt their Hunter and Stop them without human help. It hard to say and most of you will still laugh what bhim rao has commented but reality is bitter what peoples dnt like it, And that the crocodile that live on Bhitarkanika was belong from Madras Crocodile farm and i have seen him for past 8 years day when i have joined the farm, i have measured him in the farm and but his size was 20 foot and i am happy Bhim Rao that our Project is successfull. But that measured give us a cost of losing a hand of our Crocodile Farm Worker. That Cro name Belar was vast in size upto 20 feet or 10 meet till 2001 but i believe a good climatic condition and huge Human food sources has made belar what we never dream.
   comment# 229   - Jakhir Khan, Genetical Enginer · Chennai, Madras · Jun 12, 2011 @ 4:52am

i think it's possible for a saltwater crocodile to be of 30ft-35ft in the past. but in the envioronment we are living today, it's very difficult to find a croc. of lenght more than 25 ft. that being said past is past but the present says that d largest living croc. is in bhitarkanika park in orissa which i think is true. if guiness is saying this den dere vl b a reason behind it.
   comment# 230   - Luke Massey · Delhi, India · Jun 22, 2011 @ 12:44pm

i believe that there were more than 60ft. long crocodiles in the past 200yrs approx.
   comment# 231   - dheeraj bhutra · bhutan · Jun 25, 2011 @ 4:24am

Fore More Crocodile Facts Visit well my Frnds the biggest Croc that ever lives on Earth are Sarcasucar The Giant Dinosaur Hunter Crocodile length of 40ft, Indo-Pacific Crocodile size about 55feet, Dakosarus The Giant cretacious Period Crocodile The Rules the sea size of 90feet long and 95 tons in weight and it eats Megladon[Ancester of Giant Great White Shark size abt 34feet].
   comment# 232   - Sandy Patrick · EverGlades · Jun 26, 2011 @ 1:09pm

People saying crocs are 30 to 40 feet, even 50 feet are sooooo full of scat. a HUGE croc is near 20 ft. world record is 23 and that's official guiness book of records you jackasses.
   comment# 233   - Croc Man · North Queensland Australia · Jul 9, 2011 @ 8:57pm

Visited Normanton in 2006 and the replica of the 28 footer and also found an old news artilce in a store window about the incident where kris pawloski shot the animal just a few buildings north on the main street on the same side. I believe there was a picture but I am not sure. Never took a photo of the article and I wish I had because I see conflicting dates. Reda an interview with her years later and she had not wanted to shoot it but it posed a threat to people.
   comment# 234   - Phil Cockroft · Calgary, Canada · Jul 13, 2011 @ 8:10pm

people on here are sooooooooooo stupid- gustave isnt nearly the biggest croc- hes a nile croc, which dont get as big as saltwater crocs- gustave is a legit 19-20fter, but the biggest croc known to date is 23 ft long and lives in the orissa in india- what CROC man said 6 days ago is exactly what i agree with- lol at people throwing out 30 40 and 50 ft #s- some people shouldnt comment on things they are clueless about
   comment# 235   - Zach · Ohio · Jul 15, 2011 @ 8:47pm

   comment# 236   - Shea · Oklahoma, USA · Jul 17, 2011 @ 3:11pm

The croc named BUJANG SENANG was from a river called Batang Lupar. Bujang Senang is a huge crocodile that grew to 19 feet and 4 inches. It was struck down by a shotgun shell in Sg. Pelaban in Lingga Batang Lupar at Sri Aman and judging from the well formed and worn canines on its huge jaw, it must have been justified. ;)
   comment# 237   - Suleiman MN · JOHOR , Malaysia · Jul 22, 2011 @ 7:21am

I've seen a few large American crocodiles in Mexico & Costa Rica & a 14.6 ft 1 at close quarters in a museum, all were very impressive. The 23 foot one in Bhitarkanika Park must be awe-inspring. Wow.
   comment# 238   - Sam · Philadelphia, PA · Aug 18, 2011 @ 1:48pm

I lived in cairns for a while and just returned to Melbourne around 18 months ago, I saw some BIG crocs up there. I do believe that some can grow to an unbelievable size that needs to be seen to be believed, BUT, any croc that big wouldn't get that big by showing itself off. Both Gators and Crocs are pretty smart. I'm sure they're big, and I'm sure they're out there, but they would keep themselves well hidden.... They're used to being hunted, they've been around for centuries, they would know to stay away....
   comment# 239   - Ashleigh · Melbourne, Australia · Aug 21, 2011 @ 5:17am

I think we have new one!.. found in agusan del sur, Philippines
   comment# 240   - Arvin · Phillipines · Sep 6, 2011 @ 4:23am

Yup, as the report says a massive 21 feet monster! waiting for on record figures. Greets
   comment# 241   - Dion · stadskanaal · Sep 7, 2011 @ 7:44am

I think most of the largest recorded Saltwater crocs were captured here in the Philippines. Not to mention Pangil and Lapu-Lapu. Also, not to forget the 27-footer that was killed in 1823 at Jalajala and the one recently caught in Mindanao which was estimated to be at a massive 21ft. Ironically, the country's own crocodile specie is the smallest in the family.
   comment# 242   - Bren · Philippines · Sep 8, 2011 @ 11:00pm

I think most Filipinos doesn't know that most of the largest recorded Saltwater crocs were captured here in the Philippines. Not to mention Pangil and Lapu-Lapu. Also, not to forget the 27-footer that was killed in 1823 at Jalajala and the one recently caught in Mindanao which was estimated to be at a massive 21ft. Ironically, the country's own crocodile specie is the smallest in the family. Also check my video in
   comment# 243   - Bren · Philippines · Sep 8, 2011 @ 11:03pm

the biggest croc was found here in the philippines and I could witness the news because I was one of those villagers who caught the certain beast.And procreate you Indians!there would be no 30ft croc has ever the procreate up!!!! mga walay ligo!!!!!
   comment# 244   - Satanas666 · nasipit agusan del norte philippines · Sep 10, 2011 @ 8:39pm

i want to see this crocodile.. then only i will believe it
   comment# 245   - saurabh · india · Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:06am

The Agusan croc is at the moment, the largest crocodile ever captured alive. I always knew the Philippines and other parts of South East Asia had some giants, largely, because of the ideal environments. Lolong deserves his place in the Guiness Book, all info on him points to a record breaker worthy of the title. AS for the crocodile IN ORISSA, there are a few pics of him on the net, but yet cannot be ascertained. But he is big, around or a bit more than the 20 foot mark. Why such secrecy about him by the Orissa wildlife officials, beats me. The largest croc skull comes from a specimen killed in Cambodia in the 1800s. now in Paris, France. Second goes to an American crocodile and the Kanika one is third. All were around the 22 foot mark and that is final. A crocodile killed in Mwanza, Tanzania was 21 feet. The Luzon croc was also around the 21 foot mark. Any crap about 30 and 40 footers killed in the last 100 years remains just what it is...crap. Australia still has, possibly a few giants in the 18 to 19 foot range. There maybe larger ones, but by sight, it's difficult estimate unless their measured precisely. Giants about in parts of East Africa, remote places like Gorongosa and Chamo, MAra river, Grumeti maybe. Just because you see massive crocs don't mean their 20 feet. If Lolong is as they say 50 y.o, then he may get another foot or so. Truly amazing. Very commendable of the villagers for notkilling him. Potol may be the real killer though.
   comment# 246   - al · india · Sep 22, 2011 @ 12:56am

no the biggest crocodile is in my country right now
   comment# 247   - jeff · philliphines · Sep 25, 2011 @ 11:01pm

lolong could be the largest or could be not the crocodile being captured at phil. but still there is more larger croc that lives and uncatched on that place.lolong was catch by the ppl lives there because he attacked people there is one more crocodile that been seen on that place swallowing a cow but he is scared on motor boats so he cannot be caught and very vigilant. good thing he did not feed on people.
   comment# 248   - hajie · lucena city phil · Oct 18, 2011 @ 3:29am

There are no 30 or 40 foot crocodiles ever known, to have existed or been shot, or captured alive in modern times. It's all nonsense, confirmed by Rom Whitaker and Dr. Adam Britton. Both men have scoured the world in search, and have found evidence of 20 plus footers, the latest being Lolong, who at the moment is confirmed as the largest WILD CROCODILE ever caught. The picture by Darren along with another one is the max end of a 23 to 25 foot crocodile, the maximum limits of the species and until someone finds a bigger one, most surely it will be in the Phillipines. They absolutely know they have a bigger crocodile in the Agusan, and I won't doubt that. What the hell is the matter with people over here, posting BS about 200 foot crocodiles, and rubbish? Steve Irwin never measured a 20 footer, a real wild one. That greatness goes to those who persevere like Whitaker and Britton, and to the beautiful people of the Phillipines who did NOT KILL LOLONG. This site is based on correct information, validation, confirmation and research, not stupidity and trolling. Unless caught and measured, there is no evidence of mega crocs. Even Bhitarkanika needs to thoroughly prove their croc is over 20 feet long. His slide mark was measured at almost 4 feet, BY ROMULUS WHITAKER bigger than Lolong and the skull of Kalia killed there is 73.3 cms, bigger than Lolong's. Lolong's girth is confirmed at 3.1 feet by Adam Britton on his FB page.
   comment# 249   - al · india · Dec 19, 2011 @ 2:44am

Hey Bhim Rao are you really a scientist than you should create a giant monster whose scale must be so hard that Even Guns Like Jackhammer can't tears their skin, i mean to saw when a man die by crocodile i enjoy it but when a crocodile by man than its distasteful in other word its better to keep some secret's of nature to be secret, one more word it was nothing like the croc what i have seen it on bhitarkanika he was large like a prehistoric crocs and pls use restriction visitor to enter Core-Zone where that Monster live, im sorry i have no proof but there is a proof that Monster crocodile about size of 30+feet has killed my 2 friends when i had visited Bhitar Kanika on 12th October 2011 on night drive. he is a monster may be biggest crocodile that live in the world
   comment# 250   - manku sapphire · Mexico · Jan 8, 2012 @ 2:01pm

Im simply glad that I live in germany. The most dangerous animal is the bear-but rare and the wolf-avoid the public. But this animal turning out your arm. And pulls you under water, its quite hugh!!!
   comment# 251   - dan · Hildburghousen, Germany · May 9, 2012 @ 12:57pm

Hi guy's! I'm a true believer that there has to be some 21-25 foot monster crocs out there! They would have to be well over 50 years old, and very savvy. They have had many centuries of evolutional changes to start with, and I believe the older the smarter and more savvy to Man and all his attempts to kill or entrap/catch them. Steve Irwin had an episode on one of his shows that showed him and about 8 other guy's with him try to subdue a real monster, and there weren't enough men! They were in the process of tying his front legs and with great difficulty I might add, and it appeared like they were all on the back of a huge bronc of a horse the way it kept throwing one after another off its back! Steve finall said this bloke is to big! We don't have enough men, and someone is going to end up getting hurt! He decided to safely release this particular specimen, of which he said that tis was the biggest he had ever seen!! It's a shame he couldn't get the measuring tape all the way to the end of it's tail! He damn well tried!! Doe's any one remember this particular episode, and if so was there any follow-up on this huge croc! I'm sure the location and closer spec's were documented by Steve. I don't know if he had time enough to get more men and go after this monster again before his un-timely and most reggretable death. Pls advise.
   comment# 252   - Doug · Atlanta, Ga. USA · Jun 11, 2012 @ 8:30am

Haha tony gordon, u are an less than intelligent person. just because steve irwin has never measured a 24ft croc does not mean the never existed. Your statment that 24 ft crocs have never existed is completely false and inaccurate. Modern crocodiles are the smallest the species has ever been in recorded history. 24ft crocs certainly have existed and are possible, even if they are no longer alive due to human intervention...
   comment# 253   - andrew · dublin · Jun 17, 2012 @ 2:39am

i saw croc with 4 feets
   comment# 254   - Faizal · Malaysia · Jul 2, 2012 @ 4:48am

Iwana go with Peter Mouttapa Mountain View, California
   comment# 255   - GOPINARAYAN · DHUSURI,BHADRAK,ODISHA,INDIA · Sep 17, 2012 @ 11:45pm

is that true????? how big it was
   comment# 256   - #2 · philippines · Oct 2, 2012 @ 12:22am

Fossl proofs of the Reality 24 Feet crocodile fossil is ALSO available to see in BHUJ BHARATIYA SANSKRITI DARSHAN MUSEUM Books and Documentry Filming evedenses are avilable for reference ONLY at our Science library geology sections. MANY GEOLOGISTS LAUGHed when first news of fossils of GIANTS CROCODILION published very first time just after the KUTCH EARTHQUAKE in 2001. But now atleast FOUR crocodillion fossil specimens are discoverd from Kutch sediments. Though many have not visited those museum places to see them may be lack of information to them. But here is details of those 1) in PANDHROW Mine GEOLOGY MUSEUM at PANDROW - KUTCH @ 2) Bharatiya SANSKRITI DARSHAN Museum of BHUJ - SPECIMAN PICTURES MAP AND LOACTION @ 3) specimen is under process of retrieving and the 4) the very first and the BIGGEST OF ALL is been destroyed due to lack to understand the preserving the precious fossil treasere. Sciencegroup
   comment# 257   - ScienceGroups Of INDIA · BHUJ KUTCH INDIA · Oct 4, 2012 @ 7:38am

dude its really awesome!
   comment# 258   - saayan · kolkata,india · Oct 4, 2012 @ 11:05am

that was huge. it was because the croc was eating shawarma everyday my friend. hello to my friends and family in mumbai.
   comment# 259   - naushad mashawar · manila · Oct 12, 2012 @ 5:39pm

Do you think can get to be 30 ft or biger? Me And my father wood like to know.
   comment# 260   - Al Hanson the sccondt · Sornoar CA. · Nov 30, 2012 @ 11:28am

1872 "Big Ben" 22ft 3.5in length - girth 9.5ft was shot at Alligator creek on the Fitzroy river 30mls upstream of Rockhampton,Queensland Australia,stomach contents included the bones of two humans,smaller crocodile,and several stones,one weighing 11 lb. In 1923 a 24ft croc was shot at Cardwell, Nth Queensland Australia, and in 1925 a 32ft croc was shot from the bridge in the Pioneer River at Mackay,Queensland Australia.
   comment# 261   - Fishermanphil · Australia · Jan 19, 2013 @ 5:39pm

The Mackay croc was in fact 32ft 9in long.
   comment# 262   - Fishermanphil · Australia · Jan 19, 2013 @ 5:47pm

Original Newspaper articles below,and there's plenty more of them over there. The croc was shot in the Pioneer river in Mackay,Queensland,and the claim is substantiated by the Australian Encyclopedia in which J.D.Ogilvy,then curator of the Brisbane Museum is given as the authority for stating the reptile was shot in the Pioneer River. 32ft of aussie aussie aussie, oi oi oi ;)
   comment# 263   - Fishermanphil · Australia · Jan 19, 2013 @ 6:51pm

I'm pleased to note Fishermanphil above has restored some sanity to this usually interesting thread, which lately had been hijacked by some with plenty of time to waste. The Mackay Queensland monster, variously quoted as being 33ft, 32ft 9in, or 10 metres, and shot in 1882, 1925 (Fishermanphil's date above) or 1932, has been mentioned at least six times previously in this thread. The following is a quote by one of those contributors which I've extracted from this thread: "The comments referring to a 33 ft saltie are correct. There was an article (together with photograph) in the Daily Mercury, Mackay, Queensland, printed around 1982 which detailed the capture of the croc in 1882 (a century earlier) by shooting it from the pier in the Pioneer River (near the present day Forgan Smith bridge). The photo showed the men with tape measure from nose tip to tail - 33 ft. A true monster. The Daily Mercury must surely still have this in their archival material." Can anyone locate this photo, or the reproduction of it in The Daily Mercury? Now that would be interesting!
   comment# 264   - Rod · Port Douglas Queensland · Jan 29, 2013 @ 8:09pm

I have two original photo's of "Big Ben",one showing "Big Ben" on a massive Taxidermist table,and beside him are human remains,consisting of bones and a skull,and also a large quantity of stones. There is also the backbone of a beast on the table. The 2nd photo shows J.W.Wilson standing beside "Big Ben" lyeing flat,and "Big Ben's" back is several inches higher than J.W.Wilson's knee.The female shot in the same area is thought to be his mate,and is also photographed beside him in pic 2. I have alot of old newspaper articles etc that clearly indicate croc's shot upstream of Rockhampton on the Fitzroy river in the 1900's - 1960's were plentiful in size ranging from 12ft to 20ft. The Fitzroy river is the largest catchment flowing to the eastern coast of Australia,and 2nd biggest in Australia. This catchment covers 142,665 square kilometres,and 130,000 + of this is fresh water,hallelujah,praise the barrage (1971)....where there's fresh water,there's many many cattle stations...and where there's plentiful beef, there's big croc's. I was to visit a cattle station at mornish 40 klms upstream of Rockhampton 2 weeks ago to photograph and video the head of a 19ft 6in croc shot by a visiting professional shooter from Cairns in the early 60's,flooding prevented this happening,so hopefully get out there soon. Once i've finished my researching,i'll put up a webpage for everyone to veiw.
   comment# 265   - Fishermanphil · Queensland, Australia · Feb 13, 2013 @ 5:57am

Great stuff, Fishermanphil. I for one will greatly look forward to seeing your webpage.
   comment# 266   - Rod · Port Douglas Queensland · Feb 15, 2013 @ 4:43pm

Been in touch with the daily mercury,and was sent some articles from the heritage dated March 1983 with title *When men were men and croc's were huge* describes that the men and children photographed with a 4.9mtr croc was taken on the southern bank of the pioneer river before the now redundant railway bridge was built.This photograph came from a Mr Wyndham Ney from his collection circa 1923. One of the Men in the photograph is said to be a Mr Christie Finn. Unfortunately no 33fter in this one. The other article i was sent is dated January 1993 with the title *Crocodile skin mystery deepens* a Mackay City Alderman was trying to track down the skin of the 33footer,after he had heard about the story of it.It was said to have been shot by a Mr O'brien in the Pioneer river downstream of where the Forgan bridge is now situated. The article mentions the croc was to have been 32ft 6inches in length, but unfortunately if the heritage collection and daily mercury don't have any pic's etc on this croc, then where is the info???
   comment# 267   - Fishermanphil · Queensland,Australia · Feb 21, 2013 @ 2:11am

Earlier postings on this thread referring to the Mackay "33-footer" include: #119, 120, 132, 173, 185, 202. The Research officer of Mackay Historical Society and Museum Inc. conducted some research in to this legend, and kindly provided the following information which, unfortunately, comes up as "Invalid image" when I attempt to access. Perhaps someone less computer illiterate than I can gain something useful from this material? 1993-03-11_THE-DAILY-MERCURY_hunt-for-big-crocodile-skin-leads-to-london.jpg JPEG image - 373 KBViewDownload 1993-05-06_THE-DAILY-MERCURY_Croc-mystery-may-be-solved.jpg JPEG image - 957 KBViewDownload 1993-05-18_THE-DAILY-MERCURY_stories-confirm-monster-crocodile.jpg JPEG image - 509 KBViewDownload 1993-08-09_THE-DAILY-MERCURY_Locals-take-firm-grip-on-crocodile-debate.jpg JPEG image - 855 KBViewDownload
   comment# 268   - Rod · Port Douglas Queensland · Feb 23, 2013 @ 6:19pm

paste each link to google. This skull in the vid is one of two we looked at just recently.It was shot in 1958,the other a measured 19fter skull in 1965 was in a terrible state from being left out in the weather,what was left of it ): This article below appeared in the local paper last week, and the croc would appear to be all of 20ft going by the photo. Port Alma meets the Fitzroy River at the mouth.
   comment# 269   - Fishermanphil · Queensland, Australia · Feb 25, 2013 @ 4:43am

oops, paste this one, one of the other links is not active.
   comment# 270   - Fishermanphil · Where else...but Queensland ;) · Feb 27, 2013 @ 5:48am

Im a herpetologist at the new Orleans zoo, and we got a call last week about a giant freshwater crocodile in the swamp. Me and my crew caught a 17ft saltwater in the gulf. Kind of odd for a saltwater croc to be here in the gulf of Mexico. We have him in a federal wildlife preserve for now.
   comment# 271   - Chris · New Orleans, Louisiana · Mar 17, 2013 @ 3:31pm

There is a local story of a croc shot near Mackay in the 1950s that was about 10 metres long. There was a picture published in a national magazine in the 1970s - would love to know if anyone has a copy.
   comment# 272   - Dale · Mackay, QLD Australia · Mar 19, 2013 @ 4:53am

There is a local story of a croc shot near Mackay in the 1950s that was about 10 metres long. There was a picture published in a national magazine in the 1970s - would love to know if anyone has a copy.
   comment# 273   - Dale · Mackay, QLD Australia · Mar 19, 2013 @ 4:53am

Steve irwin didnt want to reveal the biggest crocs that he knew about because fear of poachers. He wanted to protect the giants. Thats what ive read guys.
   comment# 274   - Les · adelaide australia · Mar 20, 2013 @ 12:26pm

Gustave (Burundi) is a phenomenal animal. Careful scrutiny of the excellent film evidence (stills) allowed me to assess his length at 7.47 meters (24.5 ft.) He is certainly the biggest C. niloticus I have seen evidence for. One still I used shows two hippos in the foreground beside the croc; even allowing for per- spective, the reptiles head is STILL the largest in the frame, measured with callipers. The '12 meters' stated in some sensationalist websites is nonsense (no surprise at that) but Gustave's true magnitude is extraordinary. PS Mr Ledett- Thank you for sharing that photo of a gigantic Saltie.
   comment# 275   - Philip · Belfast, N Ireland · Jun 1, 2013 @ 6:56am

Back in the 80s I saw a special on TV about the crocs at this place. They actually had a video of one over 21' being measured (after being sedated, of course). They had the thing's mouth propped open with a 2x4 so they could take a measurement. It was as long as a small school bus. I'll never forget it. The biggest one I've ever seen myself as 'Gomek'. He was somewhere near 18' at the time, if memory serves. Too bad he died. Bad-a$$ lizards!
   comment# 276   - Lloyd · Atlanta USA · Jun 20, 2013 @ 3:17am

Kakadu ..... I've seen a 25 foot croc with my own two Eyes...and this was only 3 months ago.. Where you have large concentrations of crocs You won't see too many big ones.. Super crocs Are normally loaners, as the. Like the one I saw..
   comment# 277   - Cole kefu · New Zealand · Aug 15, 2013 @ 4:17am

This stuff is made of legends. The Indian Croc at Bhitarkanika, Lolong & Gustave. They do really seem to be pre-historic. I've watched a whole load of documentaries, movies and researches on Crocs. But in today's world, they are truly astoundingly Huge. Also, in the Sahara, they had found a croc skull which measured so huge that they actually calculated it's size to 50 feet. Imagine such a Monster. That was the dinosaur time though. They named it the Super Croc. Wish this species stays around forever. Long live the biggest reptilian!
   comment# 278   - Sandeep Matta · Ahmedabad - India · Oct 27, 2013 @ 3:00pm

There was a 10.3 metre croc shot by the publican of the lei chart hotel in mackay in the 1950's ,I am told by. My grandfather that there was a photo of it in the pub , the pub is no longer there. They did however build a concrete replica of the massive animal animal in the playground of the mackay harbour playground that is there to this day, this was a well known fact in mackay as I was growing up. Hard to believe but is true and well known amongst locals
   comment# 279   - Troy · Australia · Jan 16, 2014 @ 5:40am

Dear All, thanks much for your information on the largest crocs seen or heard by you. I have been to this place Bhitarakanika 3 weeks before and now th count if crocodelians has reached 1644, which means a good supply of food and not being disturbed by population. The larges one recorded in this area is 23ft long and massive one named 'Kali'. It was around 4 ft longer than the motor boat we used to spot crocodiles. Mr. Kar a reserve ranger stated that this the largest live crocodile in world now and has been visited by many foreign officials to confirm the same. Well I cann't certainly state whether some were from Guiness book of records. But you must see him to belive in his size.
   comment# 280   - Mansoon Maharana · Odisha, India · Feb 17, 2014 @ 1:33am

That's. Exaggerating!!! All your comments none of this are proof to bbe big enough to be more than 7 meters never had actual size measurement,the only actual croc measured from head to tail was lolong and cassuis...think about some maybe false claims...
   comment# 281   - ian floyd · philippines · Feb 24, 2014 @ 2:00am

Re: # 178 American alligators up to 17ft 5ins long have been measured since 1950. (Lake Apopka, Florida, in 1956. Dr Neil 'Last of the Ruling Reptiles') Galabambo's estimate has a high probability of accuracy.
   comment# 282   - Philip · Belfast, N. Ireland · Apr 19, 2014 @ 10:42am

Even I saw last crock in (sund arbon)that was vary dengorous and its kills local peoples like( bagdarmin. Dhora)fish hanter.this crock is very clever and hunter like outher .
   comment# 283   - raja chatterjee · kolkatta bidhan park · Oct 7, 2014 @ 7:49am

I worked as a assistant herpetologist. Lived in India till my age of 23 and moved to Darwin Australia. My life is always with live and dead crocs all the time. Never seen a croc more than 22 feet in Orissa or more than 20 feet in Australia. So I prefer to say these are the current biggest ones in the wild and captivity.
   comment# 284   - KEERTHI ESWARAN · Australia · Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:34am

The officially estimated size of Gustave of Africa is less than 19ft. and not above 20ft as commented earlier.if you look carefully at the photograph of this so called giant Nile croc standing next to a bird (its in Wikipedia actually) you can easily estimate its original size .heard there is a giant croc in Orissa estimated to reach 25 ft .these salt water crocs are apex predator & being such a huge size may make them rulet of the rivers .correct me if I am wrong
   comment# 285   - rattle snake · india · Dec 19, 2014 @ 9:25am

Lived in the top end (Northern Territory) most of my life. I was a diver for sea cucumber and pearls and professional barramundi (nile perch) for many years.... You are all squabbling over penuts, for when a croc becomes this huge what does a few feet matter here or there. These things are dinosaur s still living. Their tiny brains have adjusted very well over the years though and are much smarter than you would have granted. Or maybe thats just pure intinct provured over a millennium. Either way they have learnt from bieng shot and trapped to stay well away from humans these really giant ones and the young juveniles up to 3metres+ will attack at the drop of a hat because thats the way their programmed and haven't learnt their lessons yet. There must only be a handful of extremely big crocs around in south east asia, but you can garrantee their in the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea. Their just to big to kill or capture and they have learnt to stay away from your camera and gun. The largest one we have seen for a long while was photographed in the NT NEWS and someone had thrown a beer next to it for proportion. I wont say what river it was or what date, but believe me this leviathan was more than 7 metres in length!!! These animals are mammoth and there is more than one around for sure. They have a lot of time on there hands to find the right place in a secluded area and sit for 6months at a time hardly moving thier enormous wieght around waiting to feed or to
   comment# 286   - Finn Mangan · Darwin, Northern Territory · Dec 20, 2014 @ 7:59pm

....these giants dont need to move much and cant without a lot of energy expenditure. So when you eat two or three times a year the only reason you move is because the water is drying up on a very dry year. Because there is no dry years in Darwin you wont bloody see them, you wont know their there and tou may GET EATEN!!! THERE IS DEFFINETLY MORE THAN ONE OF THESE HUGE CROCKS OVER 7M IN LENGTH AND THATS JUST IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY. I WOULD SAY A COUPLE/FEW MORE IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA. NO ONE CAN GET CLOSE TO THESE BEASTS!!!
   comment# 287   - Finn Mangan · Darwin, Northern Territory · Dec 20, 2014 @ 8:11pm

Gustave is real. National georgia did a thing about him. They identify him by the 3 bullet scars, and deep wound in his shoulder. That is how he connected to all the attacks. Plus he is smart. He went to a wildlife preservation on his own when he started getting hunted, but disappeared once they tried to catch him. ( there is footage). They believed him to be a 100, but a Nile crocodile would be toothless by then, so when they got a full view, on video, of all his teeth, they placed him at around 60, and still growing
   comment# 288   - RiahLynnScar · georgia, usa · Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:31pm

I live in Bengal the neighboring state of Orissa in India and Bengal is the land of world famous mangrove ecosystem of the Sundarbans the most of it is however now in east Bengal/ country of Bangladesh.We have a saying in Bengali about Sundarbans asJwale Kumir Dangaye Baagh ie croc in water and Tiger on land.Indeed Sundarbans is legendary for both and we have large crocs there too although sundarbans attract large body of tourists to search for tigers as first priority.But crocs in sunderbans are also most fearsome monsters and responsible for many deaths each year.These are very large predator either although no claim for largest croc in the world like bhitarkanika has been raised.but I know it that British era has witnessed specimens which the European hunters did claim Among the largest.In fact in Bengal we have two local gods Dakshin Roy and Kalu Roy as controller of Tiger and croc.We toohave a croc breeding project called bhagwanpur croc pprojectroject but I do not know about any 25 to30 footers in The waters of sunderbans yet.
   comment# 289   - adg · india · Jun 11, 2015 @ 3:53pm

The biggest Crocodile found in Laguna de bay, Philippines in 1823 measuring 8.6m (28ft). . bigger than lolong.
   comment# 290   - incognito · dagupan city,philippines · Jul 27, 2015 @ 8:31am

The biggest Crocodile found in Laguna de bay, Philippines in 1823 measuring 8.6m (28ft). . bigger than lolong.
   comment# 292   - incognito · dagupan city,philippines · Jul 27, 2015 @ 8:36am

The best researched article I have read on this topic can be viewed at;Giant crocodiles:The ultimate Predators-KTPF Forum. The writer has quoted every book and article on this topic going back over a hundred years.80% of it I have read before in various publications but 20% I have never heard of.'Fisherman Phil' and Rod from Port Douglas have both made great contributions to this thread-keep it up.
   comment# 291   - Darren · Australia · Aug 3, 2015 @ 6:33am

Definately 30 foot crocs in Australia. I live in the tropics and a 30 footer was caught and shot in the Pioneer River Mackay. So better update this page.
   comment# 293   - Marlie · Australia · Sep 18, 2015 @ 12:36am
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