A lot of people think the biggest crocodiles in the world are in Africa, but actually, the current world’s record was caught right here is the Philippines.
It’s name is Lolong and according to the Guiness book of world records, this 2,300 pound behemoth measures in at well over 20 feet. The previous record was 18 feet.
Lolong was captured near the village of Bunawan in the Agusan del Sur Province of Mindanao. It was suspected of killing a fisherman and biting off the head of a 12 year old girl.
It most places of the world when a crocodile eats a human being it is put to death immediately by angry villagers, but the interesting thing about the Philippines is that Crocodiles that eat humans are placed in a protective custody.
Lolong was placed in the Bunawan Ecopark and Research Center near Mindanao where he is said to be heathy and very popular with tourists. They have also made a replica of Lolong for a science museum inside the mall of Asia.
Lolong isn’t the only killer crocodile on display in the Philippines. On the Island of Palawan is the the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, otherwise know as the “Crocodile Farm”
For less than 10 Dollars, visitors are able to see some of the biggest confirmed man eaters alive.
One of them is called Roy Roy, known to have killed a young boy
In addition to viewing these giant salt water crocs, visitors are also encouraged to help feed them with hunks of chicken meat on a rope. The larger crocs in the facility eat up to 7 Kilos of meat in one meal.
The second biggest crocodile ever trapped in the Philippines is also at the center, but this one is on display inside a glass case. His name is Rio. He killed a fisherman and was captured a short time later. He lived at the facilituy until his death at age of 60 years old.
While some people think crocodiles that kill people should be destroyed, others think they should not even be captured and left alone.
Let me know what you think in the comments section.
The saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), also known as the estuarine or Indo-Pacific crocodile, is the largest of all living reptiles. This is a formidable, opportunistic and adaptable predator who has a considerable range. It is found in suitable habitats from Northern Australia through Southeast Asia to the eastern coast of India, historically ranging as far west as off the eastern coast of Africa and as far east as waters off of Japan. Occasionally, a saltwater crocodile attacks and kills humans, although conflicts are generally one-sided in favour of humans, as this crocodilian has a highly valued hide.