Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town

Giant crocodile captured in Australia to stop it going to town

The average saltwater crocodiles, or Crocodylus porosus, can live up to about 70 years, according to National Geographic, and during that time, can grow 17 feet (5.1 metres) long and weigh 1,000 pounds (450 kilograms).

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.

However when saltwater crocodiles are found near the gorge, they are captured.

The ancient beast was taken to a crocodile farm - essentially a preserve that tourists can visit - in Katherine, Northern Territory wildlife operations chief Tracey Duldig said.

While large crocs are territorial, Webb suspected the trapped croc had moved to and from the area where it was caught during the past 10 years.

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"We've called it a lot of things over the years because it's been so hard to catch", senior wildlife officer John Burke told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The 4.7-metre male saltwater croc was caught in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory on Monday afternoon. Satellite tracking had shown one croc tagged in a Northern Territory waterhole had swum 900 kilometers (560 miles), for unknown reasons, before returning to the same place. Webb said that areas where saltwater crocodiles are the most sparse can be the most risky. This has sent them farther upstream into freshwater areas.

Saltwater crocodiles, affectionately referred to as salties, can be spotted throughout the Northern Territory.

The government said that each year, rangers remove about 250 "problem crocodiles" from the area.

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