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AustraliaMonster crocodile becomes largest caught in Northern Territory this year

02:20  31 october  2018
02:20  31 october  2018 Source:   abc.net.au

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The largest saltwater crocodile caught in the Northern Territory this year . At 4.72 metres, the snappy saltie took the title by just 1 centimetre after being caught in a trap at Borroloola. The new record comes after an elusive monster crocodile , thought to be one of the biggest on record

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Monster crocodile becomes largest caught in Northern Territory this year© Provided by ABC News The croc measured 4.72 metres, making it the largest caught in the NT this year. What's the length of the average family car and powerful enough to devour those inside? The largest saltwater crocodile caught in the Northern Territory this year.

At 4.72 metres, the snappy saltie took the title by just 1 centimetre after being caught in a trap at Borroloola.

The new record comes after an elusive monster crocodile, thought to be one of the biggest on record, was captured near Katherine in July after a decade-long game of hide and seek.

Measuring 4.71 metres and weighing in at up to 600 kilograms, the cranky croc's title has now been narrowly surpassed.

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Measuring in at 4.72 metres, the largest saltwater crocodile caught in the Northern Territory this year is the length of the average family car (and powerful enough to devour those inside).

A giant saltwater crocodile living near a town in Australia’s Northern Territory that was first At 4.7m, the croc caught today is the size of a Nissan X-Trail and among the biggest crocodiles ever Here it is photographed after it was first caught in a trap, eight years after it was first reported as a menace

"By all accounts, it's 1 centimetre longer than the one caught in Katherine," senior district ranger for the Gulf Region Andrew Peckham said.

Monster crocodile becomes largest caught in Northern Territory this year© ABC/ NT Parks and Wildlife The largest saltwater crocodile caught in the Northern Territory. "Because he was in such poor condition … rather than relocate to a croc farm, the decision was made for the animal's welfare not to relocate and he was euthanised."

Mr Peckham said locals were seen swimming just 50 metres away from the trap where it was caught, upstream of the Macarthur River crossing.

"Despite all the signs and all the Crocwise campaigns we have throughout communities, people still don't seem to heed warning signs," he said.

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But Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife rangers have finally captured the illusive beast Although it may seem cruel to take the croc out of its natural environment, it can be very easy for large crocodiles to enter populated areas NT Parks and wildlife have caught the biggest croc in Katherine to date.

Now, rangers in the Northern Territory have captured the massive saltwater croc . NT Parks and Wildlife rangers say it is rare to capture a crocodile this massive in the Katherine River. Despite its gargantuan size, rangers say capturing the croc wasn’t as challenging as one might think.

"What happened with this one, when it was removed it was taken up to the school to reinforce that these animals, they are real, you know.

"You're living in crocodile country."

Though you probably wouldn't want to come face-to-face with the its toothy grin, the monster is dwarfed by previous records.

According to the Northern Territory Government, the largest saltwater crocodile ever caught in Australia was captured in a net on the Mary River in 1974, clocking in at 6.4 metres.

The largest saltwater crocodile ever caught in a trap measured just over 5 metres, while in recent months, authorities have captured a number of crocodiles in excess of 4 metres.

A 4.27-metre crocodile was hauled out of a creek in Darwin Harbour by wildlife rangers in June, while two salties — dubbed Gobbo and Croco — were dragged from a dam on Annaburroo Station in February.

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