This ᴍᴀssɪᴠᴇ crocodile was captured in Zimbabwe after reports that it had ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ several cattle in the area. While it looks enormous in this image due to ꜰᴏʀᴄᴇᴅ ᴘᴇʀsᴘᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ — the crowd was sitting several feed behind him — the still sizable reptile was roughly 3 feet smaller than our top 5 crocodiles.
Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most coʟᴏssal crocs ever seen by man…
1. Bujang Senang
Size: 19 ft 3 in/5.88 meters
Bujang was a coʟᴏssal saltwater crocodile that lived in Borneo. He was known as a ᴍᴀɴ-ᴇᴀᴛᴇʀ, reportedly ʜᴜɴᴛɪɴɢ And ᴋɪʟʟɪɴɢ ᴠɪᴄᴛɪᴍs for over 30 years. He was ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ on May 20, 1992.
Size: 18 ft 4 in/5.60 meters
Brutus is a saltwater or “Indo-Pacific” crocodile living in the Adelaide River of Australia. He is reported to only have 3 limbs following a possible run in with a bull shark, and it’s unknown at this time whether or not he’s still alive. Some think that he was ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ by our number 3 croc, “The Dᴏᴍɪɴᴀᴛᴏʀ..”
Size: 20 ft/6.1 meters
Dᴏᴍɪɴᴀᴛᴏr is a saltwater crocodile that patrols the Adelaide River of Australia.
He has never been officially measured, but is estimated to be 20 feet in length. He shares ᴛᴇʀʀɪᴛᴏʀʏ with our #5 croc, Brutus (and some think he may have actually ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ him).
4. Krys, the “Savannah King”
Size: 28.3 ft/8.63m
While unconfirmed due to lack of actual measurements, there is a story of a coʟᴏssal croc that was sʜᴏᴛ in Normanton, Queensland, Australia in 1957 measuring over 28 feet in length.
The ᴄʀᴏᴄ was given the name “Krys” after the woman that reportedly sʜᴏᴛ him. According to the story, Krys was sʜᴏᴛ and ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ with only one ʙᴜʟʟᴇᴛ just below the eye. The sʜᴏᴏᴛer ended up regretting the decision, saying, “I would never sʜᴏᴏᴛ one like that again. It was such a magnificent specimen.”
Size: 20 ft 3 in/6.17 meters
This ᴍᴀssɪᴠᴇ saltwater crocodile weighed in at 2,370 lbs (1,075 kg) and was the largest crocodile ever to be ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ and held in captivity. At the time of ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ, was estimated to be approximately 50 years old.
Lolong was captured on September 13, 2011 from a creek in the Philippines. Local government and residents ʜᴜɴᴛᴇᴅ the croc for three long weeks after suspicions that he had ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ a fisherman and a young girl. It apparently took nearly 100 people to secure him and pull him onto land.
The croc was named after crocodile ʜᴜɴᴛer Ernesto “Lolong” Goloran Cañete, who ᴅɪᴇd of a heart ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ only a few days before the croc was finally ᴄᴀᴘᴛᴜʀᴇᴅ.
Size: 19 ft 6 in/~ 6 meter
Gustave is a large male nile crocodile located in Burundi. He is one of the most ꜰᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ crocs in existence, and locals estimate that he has ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ nearly 300 humans on the banks of the Ruzizi River and the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
Gustave is estimated to be over 70 years old and weighs around 1 ton. He is the largest confirmed crocodile ever seen in Africa.
Scientists claim that his enormous size makes it difficult to ʜᴜɴᴛ species that nile crocs usually prey upon such as fish, antelope, and zebra. Instead, he ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋs large wildebeest, hippos, and humans.