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Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town

10 July 2018

"Average-size males reach 17 feet and 1,000 pounds, but specimens 23 feet long and weighing 2,200 pounds are not uncommon", National Geographic writes.

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

A 15-foot saltwater crocodile was captured Monday in a region of Australia popular with tourists because it is thought to be safe from the reptiles, wildlife rangers said.

"He was removed downstream from Katherine to help prevent human interaction in the more populated areas", said Tracey Duldig, acting director of the Department of Tourism and Culture.

Authorities had been hunting the giant crocodile for a decade, ranger John Burke said.

"We've called it a lot of things over the years because it's been so hard to catch", Burke said.

"On record, this is the biggest saltwater crocodile removed from the Katherine management zone."

"But you've also got to admire the size of the animal and how old it is".

A 600kg crocodile has been caught in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory.

Saltwater crocodiles, affectionately referred to as salties, can be spotted throughout the Northern Territory. It was caught and killed in 1974, also in the Northern Territory.

To report a problem crocodile, phone a Parks and Wildlife Commission ranger in Darwin on 0419 822 859 or in Katherine on 0407 958 405.

"That sort of croc, in my opinion, is the most risky to people", Webb said. "This is the biggest saltwater crocodile..."

It was moved to live out its days at a crocodile farm.

Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town