Tuesday, December 20, 2011

You So Long, Lolong!

Cassius, get outta here--it's official now. You might be a real bruiser (at 17 feet and 11.75 inches) and rule your own enclosure over in Australia, and maybe Gustave (A Nile Crocodile- Crocodylus niloticus) is the world's most notorious living maneater out in the wilds of Burundi, in Africa, but the world's largest captive crocodile, a one handsome, lovable scaly chap named "Lolong".  Lolong is a male "Saltwater Crocodile" (Crocodylus porosus) also known as an "Indo-Pacific Crocodile".

Dr. Adam Britton, a Darwin (Northern Territory) Australia based zoologist specializing in crocodile research, management, conservation and film-making, announcing the results of his consultation and official measurement of the great beast, wrote on his blog recently:

"...Thursday 10 November 2011 at the request of National Geographic and with the consent of local officials I had the opportunity to measure Lolong, potentially the world's largest crocodile. Several news articles are misreporting the correct measurement, so I thought you'd like to hear the correct figure directly from me. I'll post a more detailed report when I'm able to do so, hopefully together with some impressive photos.

Lolong's total length was 6.17 metres, which is 20 feet 3 inches (20.25 feet). As a pure-bred saltwater crocodile, this certainly makes him the largest living crocodile in captivity. This is not an official Guinness record yet, there is a procedure that we have to go through before they can make a final decision, but we have all the required evidence for it. It will be several months before a decision is final.
Sorry Cassius!

I can also report that Lolong is in very good health, and is without doubt the most beautifully impressive crocodile I've ever seen."

-- Adam Britton

Dr. Britton runs the popular website Croc Blog, as well as a consultancy business called Big Gecko with his wife, Erin. He also has created a wealth of information on all extant (and some extinct) crocodilian species his other site by the name crocodilian.com, which also includes crocodilian biology databases, numerous links of note, video, podcasts, and other Internet resources on crocs as well as many other species.

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