Crocodiles are the world’s largest and perhaps most exciting reptiles. These beast are prehistoric creatures that conquered the earth over 240 million years ago. Though crocs are the largest reptile in the world they are victims of “big fish” stories and over-exaggeration. But how big are they actually? Here are 5 of the world’s biggest crocodile ever recorded.
5. Gustave (17 feet)
“This is Gustave, the notorious Nile crocodile that has for decades terrorized the waters of lake Tanganyika, Burundi. While his exact size is unknown, and exaggerated reports have him as large as 25 feet, experts estimate Gustave to be about 17 feet (5.2 meters) long.”
4. Puento Noire Crocodile (17.8 feet)
“This unnamed monster croc has been at the center of a number of hoaxes (including an alleged sighting after hurricane Katrina). Fact is, this aggressive Nile specimen was killed in a safety operation near Pointe Noire, Republic of Congo in 2003. Estimated size: 17 feet 8in (5.4 meters).”
3. Cassius (17.11 feet)
“This Australian saltwater crocodile called Cassius is currently the largest crocodile (after Lolong died) held in captivity. He lives at Marineland Melanesia (Far North Queensland), is 17 feet 11in (5.48 meters) long, and is believed to be around 110 years old.”
2. Brutus (18.4 feet)