Watch Huge Crocodile Get Dragged From River: 'That Will Take You, and That Will Eat You'

A video showing a crocodile over 12 feet long being dragged from a river in Australia has been viewed more than 2,500 times on YouTube.

Northern Territories resident Nathan Langer uploaded the video on his channel Hunting NT as a warning to anyone venturing to Buffalo Creek, north of Darwin, the capital city of the region.

The video shows two wildlife rangers dragging the croc from the murky waterway onto a boat. Langer shouts over to the rangers asking if the reptile is four meters long. They correct him saying that it is just 3.5 meters long.

The actual measurement of the crocodile was almost exactly halfway between the two estimates with it measuring 3.78 meters, or 12.4 feet, 9News reported.

"I've been watching a lot of people get in waist-high water, casting nets around, well that's what lurking in the water around here," Langer says in the video. "That will take you, and that will eat you, so heads up when you go messing around in the water in Buffalo Creek."

Langer told Newsweek: "Saltwater crocodiles live in our local waterways and people get complacent because they think they live in a city. But they still get caught."

According to the Australian Museum, the Estuarine or saltwater crocodile is the largest living reptile in the world. The average length for an adult is between three and five meters.

The largest example found thus far was recovered from Mary River in the Northern Territory in 1974. Even without its head, the carcass was just under five and a half meters long.

Northern Territory Government campaign Be Crocwise was created to educate people about crocodiles and reduce the risk of attacks from the reptiles. They echo Langer's warning regarding swimming in the Northern Territories outside designated areas.

They say this is especially important in the saltwater and freshwater areas of the Northern Territory, where the reptiles live. They add that crocs are particularly common throughout the Top End and Katherine areas of the region.

Be Crocwise writes on its website: "You should always be aware of the risk of a saltwater crocodile attack in all Top End waterways. It is never 100 percent safe to enter the water. Your personal safety is your responsibility."

Saltwater crocodiles have been listed as protected since 1971, when Be Crocwise says they were nearly hunted to extinction. Though populations of the reptile have recovered with numbers estimated to be between 100,000 and 200,000, this hunting drove them to regions they would not have previously normally inhabited.

Be Crocwise says the majority of crocodile attack fatalities in the Northern Territories have occurred when people have ventured into non-designated bodies of water to swim.

The Australian Museum adds that the reptile is the "top predator" in its environment and is likely to consider humans as "potential prey." Yet, the museum writes: "Despite numerous crocodile warning signs around popular waterways, people choose to ignore the risks and many attacks and near-misses have resulted.

"Most attacks have occurred on swimmers or on people canoeing or bending down at the water's edge. This low profile seems to elicit a greater predatory response than from a person standing upright, even if in shallow water."

It adds that a person seized by a saltwater crocodile is unlikely to escape without incurring serious injury, if escape is possible at all. Wounds resulting from the attack of a saltwater crocodile are described by the Australian Museum as "horrific."

To reduce the risk of attacks, the Northern Territories Government operates a capture and removal program to deal with crocodiles found in population centers and parks.

Langer added that his YouTube channel isn't just about warning people about the risks of the region. He said: "My channel is about showing people that you can catch mud crabs and fish locally. I love shooting the Northern Territory for all its beauty."

Update by Robert Lea at 6;25 am 12/31/21: Comments added from Nathan Langer

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