17-foot-long crocodile rescued in Sri Lanka after getting stuck in a flooded canal

The crocodile, which reportedly weighs around a ton and measured 17 feet long was found in the southern city of Matara

17-foot-long crocodile rescued in Sri Lanka after getting stuck in a flooded canal

Sri Lankan wildlife department functionaries rescued one of the largest crocodiles even seen after it was reported stuck in a canal while searching for food.

The crocodile, which reportedly weighs around a ton and measured 17 feet long was found in the southern city of Matara.

'We found a similar size crocodile four, five months back in the Polathumodrara river. This is the maximum these type of crocodiles grow,' Uppala Jayatissa, an environmentalist said.


“With the help of the villagers and the police we achieved what we wanted, which was to send the crocodile back to where he came from without hurting him in any way,” wildlife department official Ravindra Kumar said. “The reptile was too big to move out of here on its own.”

The largest crocodile ever captured alive was Lolong, which measured 20.2 feet and weighed 2,370 pounds. It was declared as “world’s biggest crocodile in captivity” by the Guinness World Records.

Reports and studies suggest that crocodiles can grow to 23 feet.







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