CAUGHT: World’s biggest reptile is 21 feet long and weighs 170 STONE (that’s ELEVEN Heathers from
A MAN-EATING monster crocodile is being hailed as the biggest EVER caught alive.
The 170 stone, 21-foot-long reptile — that’s eaten at least one fisherman alive — was captured after a three-week hunt.
A hundred men took part in the painstaking search for the crocodile in a creek in the Philippines. Villagers had lived in fear of the scaly beast for more than 20 years.
Its nearest rival in the monster stakes is Cassius, an Australian saltwater croc on the loose in the Northern Territory that measures a “mere” 18ft.
This crocodile prowled a river system in Agusan, a poverty stricken area 500 miles south east of the Philippines capital Manila.
It’s been a constant threat to villagers but until now they had been too scared to go after it.
But when a local fisherman went missing a month ago the massive croc became the number one suspect.
And when it was finally spotted chomping down on a huge water buffalo they knew their suspicions were correct.
Agusan mayor Edwin Elorde said: “It is a monster. It is so big it could swallow three men all at once.”
It took the 100 men a day to haul the huge creature onto the banks of the creek before binding it and using a crane to load it on a truck.
Despite eating the unlucky fisherman the croc — which has yet to be named — is now set to become the star attraction at a new eco-tourism park in the area.
Around 37,000 people live in Agusan and they’ve been warned not to be complacent even though the monster has been caught.
Many other large crocodiles remain in the rivers, and people have been warned not venture in the marsh areas at night.
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