Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town

Wildlife rangers in the North Territory captured a mammoth crocodile Monday

"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.

Rangers caught the crocodile Monday after setting a trap on a private property near Katherine, a town in Northern Territory, Australia.

Wildlife rangers said Tuesday that they had trapped a 4.7-meter (15-foot) saltwater crocodile, the largest they had ever caught in the northern Australian Katherine River and in an upstream region popular with tourists that is thought relatively safe from the killer predators.

Authorities had been hunting the crocodile, known locally as "big fella" and measuring 15ft 5in (4.7 metres) from snout to tail, for a decade, fearing that it posed a serious danger to humans. "You've got to have a bit of respect for it".

In 2017, 371 crocodiles were captured by rangers in the Northern Territory cities of Darwin, Palmerston and Katherine alone, according to the department's website.

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"Large crocodiles can move around Top End waterways undetected and you should always be croc wise".

The croc has been relocated to a local crocodile farm.

A near 5-metre crocodile that was captured in Taylor's Park in the Northern Territory, Australia is seen in this undated image obtained July 10, 2018.

Though it's record-breaking for the area, elsewhere in the wild, saltwater crocodiles can be much larger. The largest crocodile caught in a "trap" was more than 16 feet, and the largest one "harpooned" by rangers was also more than 16 feet, it states. Webb said that areas where saltwater crocodiles are the most sparse can be the most unsafe.

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