The nickname “Croczilla” isn’t thrown around lightly, and from the looks of the pictures of this huge crocodile, I’d say that this creature deserves the title.
According to KIRO, Kymberly Clark has been snapping photos of the 14-foot long crocodile in the Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida, and “Croczilla” is starting to go viral.
Many are marveling at the intimidating size of the crocodile, while others are focused in on the massive, menacing teeth that this crocodile is rocking (Elton John joke).
Hopefully Clark has a long range zoom camera lens because I don’t think anyone should be getting close to that behemoth of a beast. However, Clark seems pretty excited about this “Croczilla” sighting, and has even posted about it multiple times on her Instagram profile.
In one of the first posts dedicated to the viral crocodile (hey that rhymes), Clark introduced it by saying:
“Meet Croczilla, the largest crocodile in Everglades National Park (and quite possibly Florida)! Although Crocs are native to America, this estimated 14-foot+ crocodile is about the largest croc found in the wild.”
I’d like to see a picture of a crocodile bigger than this one. Actually, on second thought, no I wouldn’t.
Trying to wrap my head around an alligator that is the length of two Shaquille O’Neals (in theory, of course we wouldn’t lay the 7-foot national treasure known as Shaq next to a dangerous animal) is hard enough to do, so I can’t imagine finding one that is even bigger.
It seems as though the wildlife photographer has been tracking down “Croczilla” for quite some time.
She adds in the Instagram post:
“This Croc has been on my herping (reptile searching) bucket list for a while now. So excited to have finally met him!”
I don’t know if anyone else noticed, but not only are the teeth rather large, they are also weirdly white. You would think that a carnivorous animal like the crocodile would show some wear and tear or faded tooth color, but it looks like “Croczilla” has a pretty strict teeth-whitening routine.
You can get a really good look at them in another Instagram video posted by Kym Clark. She comically captions the video with:
“Open wide, Croczilla! Show us what you’ve got!
Here’s your chance to get a close-up look into a 14-foot American crocodile’s mouth, without having to smell his breath (or be eaten). You’re welcome!”
Long live “Croczilla,” I guess?
You might be seeing all these pictures and thinking “I still can’t tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator.” Well, I’ve got a fool proof way to differentiate between the two creatures, so listen up.
A crocodile will see you in a while, whereas an alligator will see you later.
I’ll see myself out…