15-foot croc captured in Australia

The beast is 4.7 metres long. Facebook NT Parks and WildlifeMore

The beast is 4.7 metres long. Facebook NT Parks and WildlifeMore

"Average-size males reach 17 feet and 1,000 pounds, but specimens 23 feet long and weighing 2,200 pounds are not uncommon", National Geographic writes.

The 1,300-pound predator was caught about 185 miles from the ocean and about 19 miles downstream from Katherine Gorge, a major tourist attraction outside the town of Katherine, the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife officials said. "You've got to have a bit of respect for it".

The croc has been trucked to a crocodile farm outside Kathrine where it's likely to become a tourist attraction. A smaller crocodile, measuring nearly eight feet, was also captured.

In this Monday, July 9, 2018, photo provided by the Northern Territory Department of Tourism and Culture, a large crocodile is bound on a trailer after it was captured near Katherine, Australia.

Ranger Chris Heydon told the Katherine Times that once in the trap, the giant reptiles are sedated, "so there is no chance of us getting chomped".

NT Parks and Wildlife rangers caught the record-size saltie 60km downstream from the Katherine township.

There are an estimated 100,000 saltwater crocodiles in Australia's Northern Territory.

"On record, this is the biggest saltwater crocodile removed from the Katherine management zone", he added, referring to the part of the river where saltwater crocs, a protected species, are trapped because they're too close to human populations. It was caught and killed in 1974, also in the Northern Territory.

The government said that each year, rangers remove about 250 "problem crocodiles" from the area.

It was moved to live out its days at a crocodile farm. "Trapped crocodiles can't be relocated to their natural habitat due to costs and because they can travel large distances to return to their home range".

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