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'We've never seen one this big': Rangers capture crocodile weighing a whopping 600kg after decade-long hunt - as it's revealed the beast is the same length as a CAR

  • Rangers successfully caught the 4.71m crocodile after a decade-long search
  • The saltwater croc weighing 600kg is the largest ever caught in a net
  • He was discovered in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory of Australia
  • Wildlife rangers Chris Heydon and John Burke said the finding was unusual 

By Zoe Zaczek For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 11:52 EDT, 9 July 2018 | Updated: 18:11 EDT, 10 July 2018

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Wildlife rangers in the Northern Territory have succeeded in capturing a monster 4.71 metre crocodile weighing 600kg that had been lurking near a boat ramp for a decade.

The male, which could be 60 years old, is the biggest ever trapped in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory, and from snout to tail is the same length as an average family car. 

'We average a 4.2 metre croc most years, but never this big,' Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife ranger Chris Heydon told the Katherine Times.  

NT Parks and Wildlife rangers Chris Heydon and John Burke (pictured with 600kg croc) said the crocodile was the biggest they'd pulled from the river 
NT Parks and Wildlife rangers Chris Heydon and John Burke (pictured with 600kg croc) said the crocodile was the biggest they'd pulled from the river 

NT Parks and Wildlife rangers Chris Heydon and John Burke (pictured with 600kg croc) said the crocodile was the biggest they'd pulled from the river 

The crocodile was trapped in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory - which is more than 300km inland from Darwin (above) 
The crocodile was trapped in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory - which is more than 300km inland from Darwin (above) 

The crocodile was trapped in the Katherine River in the Northern Territory - which is more than 300km inland from Darwin (above) 

The rangers said despite the size of crocodile, he was not difficult to catch.

'When they are this big we just sedate them, so there is no chance of us getting chomped,' Mr Heydon said.

The crocodile is the seventh crocodile to be pulled from the river - including two that were 3.92 metres and 3.97 metres in February and March.

The rangers said the capture of the crocodile was a reminder that even in the dry season, people needed to be avoid swimming in streams and rivers where saltwater crocodiles are known to live. 

In Katherine, more than 300km inland from Darwin, finding a crocodile almost five metres long is rare. 

The  monster crocodile was trapped and pulled from the  Katherine River, about 60km from the centre of the town Katherine
The  monster crocodile was trapped and pulled from the  Katherine River, about 60km from the centre of the town Katherine

The monster crocodile was trapped and pulled from the Katherine River, about 60km from the centre of the town Katherine

 

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