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Thursday, September 8, 2011


The 21 foot, 2370 pound, crocodile, recently caught in a remote south Philippines village, might well now be the largest reptile in captivity.  It also has the highest biting force (5,000 pounds per square inch).  Named Lolong, he (females are smaller) is shown above right in new temporary quarters.   Interestingly enough, the job is only 10% completed because a larger one is also lurking the coastline in the region.

The previous #1 was 100 year old Cassius in Green Island, Australia, with a length of 18.5 feet.

 Then, there is Denver's Maniac, born in Australia, but only 16 feet long.

With the binomial name, Crocodylus porous, and more popularly as the saltwater crocodile, legends (almost always croc stories) abound about this beast:

  -  There is a report of a 33 footer shot in the Bay of Bengal in 1840.

  -  In 1823, a 27 foot crocodile killed on an island off Luzon, Philippines.

  -  Then, a 25 foot version  off Calcutta.

Trouble is, they kept the skulls, and subsequent analysis showed these were all between 20-21.7 feet.

These saltwater crocodiles are largely found in India/Australia/Southeast Asia/South Pacific:

The American Saltwater Crocodile (with lengths supposedly up to 23 feet) can be found:

The Nile crocodile can grow to 21 feet.  While these three crocs are of the same genus, they are different species, with the African ones found:

Oh, in case you really were interested,  the alligator (different genus) has a broader snout, tends to be grayish black in color and can only be naturally found in southeastern USA and parts of China. A monster in Louisiana was measured to be 19 feet 2 inches.  Alligators are less aggressive.  If you can see the teeth, it is a crocodile, and it generally is light tan:

For the record, there was a Super Croc in prehistoric times, Sarcosuchus, measuring 40 feet long and weighing 8 tons.  It ate dinosaurs.

While there might only be around a thousand crocodiles near the Philippines, up to 200,000 are speculated to reside around Australia.  A death or two each year is attributed to swimmer/fishermen confronting these crocodiles.  Animals as large as water buffalos can be consumed by one, and the predator subsequently might not eat for months.

During the Second World War, 400 Japanese soldiers might have been consumed by these crocodiles during the Battle of Ramree Island.  There is a horror film, Primeval, a "true" story of Gustav, a killer said to be of 20 foot length in Burundi, which means he was a Nile crocodile, for Burundi is in Africa.  Here are the top ten crocodile movies.  Heck, can't leave without Elton John and Crocodile Rock.  Now that this is getting ridiculous, see Bill Haley and his Comets with See You Later Alligator.  Click on Croc Blog to learn more.

The Dow Jones Industrials slipped 119 to 11,296, with other world markets almost all up.  Gold popped up $39/toz to $1860, while the WTI oil is at $89/barrel and Brent Spot at $115/barrel.

Hurricane Katia is not a threat and Tropical Storm Maria on a similar track as Irene, but will not attain hurricane status.  Tropical Storm Nate is looking ominous, and will attain Category 2 strength and make landfall anywhere from Tampico to Corpus Christi:


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have you seen this? I tend to agree with freeing him unless it is known that crocodiles can acquire a taste for human flesh. Do you think that it is likely that they can?

Philippines urged to free giant crocodile