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The World’s Oldest Crocodile

The World's Oldest Crocodile
The World's Oldest Crocodile. Image by Channel 5 via YouTube
Meet the oldest crocodile in the world

Are you ready to meet the oldest crocodile in the world? Meet Henry, a man eating croc that was caught by an elephant hunter called Sir Henry, hence the name. This croc was caught in 1903, making Henry more than 120 years old!

Size Of Henry

The World's Oldest Crocodile.
The World’s Oldest Crocodile. Image by Channel 5 via YouTube

Henry the crocodile is over 5m in length of a mini bus! He weighs 700 kilos.

Longevity Of Crocs

Crocodile swallowing a fish. Image via depositphotos.

Some species of crocodiles (the Nile crocodile and the saltwater crocodile) may live for several decades in the wild! Although captive individuals have been known to live past 80 years of age.

Continuous Growth

American Crocodile
American Crocodile. By Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23556956

Crocodiles do not stop growing throughout their lives. Unlike mammals which reach a certain size and then stop growing. This means that they continue to grow larger as they age, even though it may be at a slower rate.

Size Disparities

American Crocodile
American Crocodile. By Tomás Castelazo – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5385852

The size of crocodiles depend on factors such as species, habitat, and food availability. Some species, like the dwarf crocodile, remain pretty small. While others, such as the saltwater crocodile, can grow to huge sizes! With the crocs reaching past 20 feet (6 meters) in length and weighing over a ton.

Wrap Up

Crocodile
Crocodile looking at camera. Image by Pfuderi on depositphotos.

There you have it, the world’s oldest crocodile (and a pretty large one too!). Let this old croc remind us of how long these ancient giants have been roaming this earth and why they should remain. Furthermore, highlighting how important conservation efforts are!

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