Largest crocodile of all time – Sarchosuchus

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 in Size

Sarcosuchus - largest crocodile

Credit: Patrick Janicek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarchosuchus

The largest crocodile that ever lived was sarchosuchus, a prehistoric giant that roamed African rivers and waterways that are today lost beneath the Sahara Desert.

 

How big was it?

Based on a skeleton excavated from African sands, this super croc would have been 12 metres (40 feet) in length. Its skull alone measures nearly two metres. It weighed between 80 and 100 tons, making it bigger than a train carriage.

 

What did it eat?

This freshwater predator devoured fish, turtles and other marine life but its diet was not restricted to aquatic dishes. No, super-crock also enjoyed feasting on land-dwellers visiting its watery realm.

 

How did it hunt?

Sarchosuchus would patiently wait in ambush below the surface at the river’s edge for any unsuspecting creature (including large animals and dinosaurs) to take a sip of water. Bam! It would strike with its super powerful jaws and pull its prey underwater. If the unwitting creature didn’t suffer a broken neck it would drown. Other super crocs employed different techniques. The PancakeCroc – another water dweller – for example would simply wait with mouth wide open until a foolish creature paddled in.

 

When was it around?

Super croc was found during the Cretaceous Period, about 110 million years ago.

 

Anything else?

Unlike today’s crocs, sarchosuchus was happy to live side-by-side with other crocodilian species. Skeletons and bones found during anthropological digs suggest these different-sized creatures were one big happy family, until someone got hungry.

 

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