Largest Crocodile in the World
The crocodile is an amphibious reptile capable of living in the land and water. Crocodiles are carnivores so they generally eat other animals as long as they are able to devour them. Crocodiles in the wild are generally dangerous and they are found in marshlands and swamps. Their exterior scales are very tough and they have a very powerful jaw biting strength capable of smashing a human skull in a couple of bites. Crocodiles are similar to alligators in terms of appearance but there are some differences.
The snouts, mouth and teeth alignment are different from each other. Their colors also vary as crocodiles have olive to brown colors while alligators have green to dark colored tones. Despite their differences their habitat behaviors and eating diets are similar. Crocodiles are generally powerful and they rely on their size and strength. They can seldom move fast especially if they’re chasing a prey. There have been numerous crocodiles featured as the world’s largest but there can only be one at a time to hold the title.
Largest Crocodile and Location
The largest crocodile ever caught in existence was found in the Bunawan creek of Agusan del Sur in the Philippines. The crocodile was named as Lolong inspired by one of the veteran crocodile hunters in the Palawan Crocodile and Wildlife Reservation Center named Ernesto Lolong Goloron Cañete. Lolong was caught in September of 2011 which he was then transferred several days after his capture in the Bunawan Ecopark and Wildlife Reservation Center in Barangay Consuelo. Lolong has been affiliated to several missing people reported in the Bunawan area. These weren’t proven though but no new data was found with regards to the missing people.
Lolong was estimated to be around 50 years old and his breed was that of an Indo-Pacific or saltwater crocodile also called a Crocodylus Porousus. Lolong measured up to 21 feet long or 6.17 meters in length. During Lolong’s stay in the Ecopark, he served as an attraction to drag in tourists or local people. The entrance fee to view Lolong was around 20 Pesos or roughly $00.50. The proceeds and earnings went to the park’s operating expenses as well as Lolong’s preservation. The estimated income was that of 10,000 Pesos or roughly $250 a month. Lolong also received several donations from international organizations as well as local ones.
Death and Legacy
Lolong was found dead in the park 2 years later dating in February of 2013. The reason was pneumonia and cardiac arrest due to a fungal infection. Lolong’s remains were preserved and became a wax display at a local Ecopark. The National Geographic Channel acknowledged Lolong as the largest crocodile ever caught defeating previous title holder named Cassius which was caught in Queensland Australia who measured up to 19 feet or 5.84 meters.
Lolong the largest crocodile in the world may have been dead but his legacy lives on. The city in which Lolong was captured started a project that would house over thousands of crocodiles currently found in the Bunawan creek.