Supersize Crocs

Crocodiles instill fear in most people at any size. But crocodile conservationist, Romulus Whitaker’s fear is that the most colossal of these creatures might no longer exist. Rom suspects that human hunting may have selectively killed off crocs surpassing 20 feet in length. A sad fact considering the sophisticated adaptations and body design of crocodiles have helped them outlast even dinosaurs.

In Supersize Crocs, Rom takes viewers along as he sets off on his own hunt to find the last of the leviathans. Venturing to Ethiopia’s Lake Chamo, the riverbanks of India’s northern border with Nepal, and to the Adelaide River of Australian outback, Rom hits the hotspots of supersize croc habitats as he searches for signs of life among the brackish waters. Rom will share with viewers his insight and fascination with the cryptic world of crocs. Along the way, viewers will learn about ancient croc survival skills as well as how crocs are ideally designed to be the most successful freshwater predator.

Will he find his supersize croc among the three titans of the croc world: the Nile crocodiles, saltwater crocodiles and gharials? Tune in to find out.

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Online content for Supersize Crocs was originally posted February 2007.

  • ramina

    it was very strange and i enjoyed it but could you plaese tell me what do they usually eat?

  • adra

    These things are AWSOME!!!!!!!i held a baby croc.and petted an nile croc.THEY ARE LIKE SUPER D DUPER SCARY☺☻♥☺☻♥☺☻♥.

  • Dana

    This was a wonderful episode which highlighted the need to protect these rare, older animals of size from being slaughtered by animal-control agencies such as recently happened in Alabama. Game Wardens killed a 28′1″ -long alligator instead of preserving such an incredible animal. I would like to be able to send the pictures of this animal swimming with a large buck in its mouth, and the subsequent photos to Rom.

  • jerome barry

    Totally misleading. I watched for an entire hour waiting for the monster crocidile that never was. Talk about anti-climatic…In the last five minutes of the show Rom concedes that he hasn,t found the Monster but….he,s sure there is one… Rom…do yourself a favor…get a haircut..

  • Mike Daddura

    ???? I am trying to find out the name of the reptile similar to alligators and crocodials ??
    They have a long thin mouth….many teeth.


  • Morganne

    um it was ok but i was expecting a little more

  • S. Dizzle

    to mike daddura… Gharial. u are talking about gharials – native to asia.

  • Dark_Reaction

    @ramina: Depends on the species and size. Smaller specimens feed on small food items – insects, small fish/reptiles/amphibians/mammals. Mid-sized animals feed on, as you might have guessed, mid-sized prey items. Once crocodilians reach a certain size however, most of them can pretty much eat whatever comes their way – large quadripeds (deer/buffalo/etc), turtles (shell and all), and the like. @Mike Daddura: Youre are indeed referring to gharials, a primarily fish-eating species; which grow to quite a large size. There are several varieties of crocodilian – you might also want to check out the Asian Dwarf Alligators and the Tomistomas (false gharials).

    Conservation of these animals is, of course, a wonderful thing to attempt; but until people begin to accept the conditions that they live in, these animals have little hope of avoiding persecution upon reaching a size that could seriously threaten people. I have seen one too many attack-reports regarding people who KNEW that crocodiles/alligators were present in a water source (sometimes living by it for years), but never comprehend the danger these creatures represent. When these same people (or their kids/pets) get attacked while swimming in – how you could enjoy yourself swimming in a lake/pond with crocodillians is beyond me – or standing beside these water sources, government (and infact, many local people) immediately become hostile towards the predatory animal that they KNEW was there the whole time. Bottom line: Humans need to recognize their physical weaknesses and learn their role, as opposed to thinking themselves rulers of the planet and killing whatever proves them wrong.

  • Mark

    contact me I you want the Pictures with a usable email address. That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth! The deer was later found to be a mature Stag and was measured at 11 feet! This alligator was found between Centre and Leesburg , Alabama , near a house ! Anita and Charlie Rogers could hear the bellowing in the night. Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations. ‘I didn’t believe it,’ Charles Rogers said, but they realized the stories were, if anything, understated. Alabama Parks and Wildlife game wardens had to shoot the beast. Joe Goff, 6′5′ tall, a game warden, walks past the 28 foot, 1 inch alligator 8.5 metres he shot and killed in their back yard.

    Still want to move to the LAKE ???

  • Brandon

    First & foremost….there has never been a 28′ alligator….the maximum size for the american alligator is 14′ and even those are rare. There were reports of a 19′ animal but this is extremely unlikely…that species simply doesn’t grow very large. However, there ARE still 20′+ Saltwater Crocodile….while working in northern Australia (near Darwin) I saw at least 4 crocodiles within the 6 meter (20′) range and in eastern India Guiness World Records has confirmed the existence of a 23′ male within a Orissa. So, yes, giants still exist….but most likely only Saltwater And Nile Crocodiles break 20′. The American Crocodile common in Costa Rica and other areas commonly exceeds 16′ (and a few at 18′) in the Tarcoles River and they are easily viewable.

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