Crocodiles can be menacing -there’s even one that said to have taken out as many as 300 humans.
But the giant Crocs that we know today, like the 20-foot long saltwater crocodiles and the intimidating hunters lurking in the Nile River, Don’t even come close to the monstrous beasts that scientists have just found is lurking in the African swamp.
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Current Largest Crocs
Before we dive into the astounding new discovery over in Africa, let’s get a bit of an understanding of the monstrous crocodiles that already roam our earth.
There are only 23 different species of these sly powerful reptiles including alligators and Caymans.
But that doesn’t make them any less intimidating.
Some of these guys are large enough to feast on animals the size of deer and still have room for dessert.
There is no doubt that some species of crocodiles can grow to menacing sizes.
But how big are we actually talking here?
Even the SMALLEST of them all The Dwarf Crocodile, that calls West Africa and Central Africa home, can grow up to 6 feet or close to 2 meters.
The BIGGEST of them all, however, is The Mighty Saltwater Crocodile.
At alarming lengths of up to 20 feet or 6 meters, not only are these beasts the largest of all croc species, but they’re also the heaviest reptile on the entire planet.
Tilting the scales at well over 2,200 pounds about a thousand kilograms.
Oh but just you wait…
Even these real-life monsters pale in comparison to what’s just been uncovered in Tunisia.
The saltwater crocs, the ones that the great Steve Irwin helped make famous with his fearless acts, are usually found in the wetlands over in India, Southeast Asia and of course the place where all of the world’s most dangerous animals call home Australia.
These guys will eat pretty much anything they come across fish, birds, snakes, lizards, and yes even humans.
With over a thousand people taken down every year by crocodiles.
Krys The Croc
Well, the saltwater crocodiles are the biggest of the species as a whole, there have been exceptional outliers, fascinatingly rare cases of specific animals growing far larger than expected.
Take Krys, the so-called Savannah King, who has claimed to reach an astounding length of 28 feet 4 inches.
That’s about 8.6 meters, almost twice the size of a Toyota Prius.
On top of that, it was said to have weighed close to two tons.
But here’s the issue… 🤔
There’s not a lot of solid evidence to prove that Krys’s size was accurate, considering that it was spotted way back in 1955 in Queensland’s Gulf country in Australia.
There’s a lot more fact-based truth to the menacing Gustave but we’ll circle back to him shortly.
Crocs In The USA
These beasts are down in the southern hemisphere mostly.
What about in the US huh? 🤨
Surely there must be a few Killer Croc scraping around in the swamps there too right?
American crocodiles are found on the Florida swampland and roughly 1.25 million alligators actually live in the state of Florida and surrounding states as well.
The largest of which was recorded as a 14-foot 9.25 inch individual in Alabama in 2014.
Would you be brave enough to face one of these bad boys head-ons?
Let us know by writing a comment if you thought that those guys were big though, WAIT until we show you what we’ve got in store next.
Just recently scientists have come across what’s thought to be the biggest sea-dwelling crocodile ever found.
And it turned up of all places in the middle of the Tunisian desert.
Where The Machimosaurus Rex Is Hiding?
Let’s investigate it, shall we?
It’s time to head over to Africa, but before we show you just how big this beast is, let’s get an idea of where exactly it could be hiding.
So Africa’s big, we know that! But it’s actually pretty shocking how big it really is.
In total Africa is more than 30 million square kilometers.
That means it’s bigger than hold on to your horses’ people… 😃
The entire landmass of the US, China, India, Mexico, Peru, France, Spain Papua New Guinea, Sweden, Japan, Germany, Norway, Italy, New Zealand, the UK, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Greece all put together.
Let us know in the comments if you already knew this amazing fact because I sure didn’t.
It’s this jaw-dropping land size that creates such a high expanse of undiscovered territory.
The land which of course is hiding some of the most intense animals on the planet, like the recently discovered Machimosaurus Rex.
The biggest swampland region on the continent is the Bangweulu floodplains, which according to NASA covers an area roughly the size of Connecticut.
As you can imagine there are hundreds, if not thousands of species hiding down there away from human civilization just waiting to be discovered.
Largest Prehistoric Crocodile to Ever Roam The Earth
Largest Prehistoric Crocodile to Ever Roam The Earth
It wouldn’t be the first time that Africa has played host to menacing mammoth size reptiles though.
If we wind the clock back some 110 million years, it was the stomping ground of the Sarcasuchus, better known as the largest prehistoric crocodile to ever roam the planet earth.
These beasts grew as long as 40 feet 12 meters and weighed up to 17,500 pounds, that’s more than the heavier African elephants.
Could thus Sarcasuchus still be alive today? Well, it’s extremely unlikely.
However, there are plenty of reported sightings of enormous reptiles, plus as we’ve touched on the area is so unbelievably large that would be impossible for researchers to scour every inch.
Only a small percentage of the Amazon rainforest has been searched as well, and just like the African swampland it too could be home to a monstrous creature.
Now about the gigantic crocodile hiding out in the African swamp thing.
Back in 2016, scientists came across evidence of a new species, one which if we saw even with our own eyes would scare the bejesus out of even the bravest of us.
The Machimosaurus rex this creature forced paleontologists, historians, and animal experts to question everything they thought they knew.
So what is the Machimosaurus rex, and how did we even come across in the first place? 🤔
Well, questions started to arise, when a team of researchers led by Federico Fanti from the University of Bologna in Italy dug up some fossils in Tunisia that dated back close to 120 million years old.
Within those fossils was a startling discovery a giant cretaceous crocodile skeleton.
Unfortunately, the rocks only provided fragments of the skeleton from the colossal croc so scientists had to infer its size based on cross-referencing with its close relatives.
The results of an estimated size of 31 feet or 9.6 meters in length, that’s longer than some of London’s iconic red double-decker buses.
Except unlike a bus, it has massive piercing teeth and jaws, powerful enough to rip through anything in its path, including large marine turtles, even the head itself was over five feet long.
That would make the maqam Machimosaurus rex officially the biggest ocean-dwelling member of the crocodile family tree.
Those saltwater crocs we talked about earlier wouldn’t even put up a fight.
Saltwater crocs slam their jaws shut at a terrorizing force of 3,700 pounds per square inch or 16,000 460 newtons of bite force.
Similarly, American alligators have a bite force of 2125, in comparison lions and tigers only generated about 1,000 psi or 40 450 Newtons.
So as you can see croc already has a wildly strong chomp.
The fact that the Machimosaurus rex had a five-foot-long head would only amplify the danger.
If any turtle bird fisher who knows what perhaps even a human would find itself with him Rex’s jaws, it’s lights out brother!
Big Daddy Gustave
Now here’s the most important question, Could the Machimosaurus rex still be swimming around in Africa lurking in the waters?
People all over Africa have reported seeing beasts well over 20 feet in length.
Take Gustav for example, the croc rumored to have taken out as many as 300 humans.
The locals of the republic of Burundi and East Africa claimed that this large male Nile crocodile could have easily been more than 18 feet long and weigh more than 2,000 pounds, National Geographic has even said so itself.
He’s also known to have attacked larger land animals like hippopotamuses and wildebeests.
If you ever come across this croc, you’ll know.
He’s got three bullet scars on his body, not only is he a man-eater but he’s near impossible to take down as well.
Rumor has it that Gustave snatches people by the river and drags them into the water, sometimes not even eating them.
Of course, there’s plenty of folklore that’s been peppered into this menaces story, but the fact that he’s taken out so many people should speak for itself.
If a mere Nile crocodile the locals, just imagine what the Machimosaurus rex could do if it turned evil.
If Gustav wasn’t enough proof that these reptiles can grow to near mythical sizes, how about Cassius?
The Australian saltwater giant which holds the title for the world’s largest crocodile in captivity according to Guinness World Records.
Measuring and intimidating length of 5.48 meters or 17 feet and 11 inches.
He was named after Cassius Clay, the birth name of boxer Muhammad Ali and for good reason, this beast would not have lost a fight.
So knowing that locals have claimed to have seen giant crocs lurking in the rivers.
And the fact that enormous Crocs do really exist today.
Do you think the Machimosaurus rex is hiding out there somewhere?
We’ll have to find out until scientists find one in the wild.
But for our safety, perhaps it’s better if it stays a mystery.
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