The biggest crocodile in the world came from the Mary River, Australia. Being nearly 6.19 meters long, he set the record in 1974. The second one was shot in 1983 in Papua New Guinea, with approximately the same size as the first one.
The biggest crocodile that was born in captivity was Yai which means “big”. He was born in 1972 at the Samutprakarn Farm of Crocodiles in Thailand. He was about 6 meters long and weighted about ton and some 115 kg.
The biggest crocodile kept alive was from South Carolina, USA. It happened in 2002. The animal was more than 6 meters long.
There are some claims that the biggest crocodile ever was something between 6.12 and 7 meters long, and this assumption is based upon the skull analysis. This animal was killed in 1926 in Dhamara and the Kanika King kept his skull, which is still being kept by the Kanika family. According to wildlife experts, the skull makes ninth part of the entire crocodile’s body, so following this assumption they calculated the total body length.
There are also some claims that the largest crocodile ever came from the Bengal Bay and was nearly 10 meters long.
An interesting fact is that the crocodile fossils provide the information on the size that would be twice bigger that today living crocodiles. So, maybe that is the period in which we should look for the record. But if we still want to just stick to our own time, then the biggest living crocodile would certainly come from the Crocodylus porosus species.
Some of the large species are quite endangered, such as the Nile crocodile. The American crocodile is also endangered species. And the list is getting longer. The number of endangered large crocodile species is getting higher and higher. Perhaps we should concentrate more on how to preserve them instead of measuring them and looking for record-figures.