Green Island Crocodiles

Meet “Cassius”, a 115 year old, 5.5 meter crocodile –

the Guiness World Record’s “Largest Crocodile in Captivity in the World.”

 

Published on May 28, 2015

The saying goes to never smile at a crocodile, but Cassius the saltwater crocodile couldn’t help but leave his audience smiling as the ‘salty’ celebrated a record 112th birthday, complete with balloons, a ‘happy birthday’ sign – and a chicken birthday cake.

Recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest crocodile in captivity, and also thought to be the oldest, Cassius measures 5.48metres (18ft) in length and weighs 1300kg (2,866 pounds).

The monster croc celebrated his 112th birthday from his retirement home on idyllic Green Island, a Great Barrier Reef coral cay off the coast of Cairns.

Cassius was captured in 1984 after becoming a problem crocodile in the Northern Territory for stealing cattle and attacking boat propellers. When caught, he was missing a leg and had battle scars all over his body, testament to a hard-fought life in the wild.

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Cassius was captured in the Finnis River in the Northern Territory of Australia and he has been in captivity for around thirty years now. My grandfather brought him down from NT in the back of a bus to come live in a tropical paradise.

Originally, he was targeted because he was reported to be attacking boats and actually ripping off people’s outboard motors, so he was deemed a bit of a troublemaker.

His age is a guess, but it is a very calculated and accurate guess. His activity, diet, scarring, immune system, size and teeth are all an indication of how long this guy has been around – an estimated 115 years.

He has a lot of scars all up and down his body. He is missing a leg and six inches off the end of his tale. If only those eyes could speak – imagine the things this animal has seen.

At 5.48 metres long, he got the Guinness World Record in 2012 for the biggest crocodile in captivity. They drained his pool and measured him with a very long pole with a measuring tape attached to the end of it. He actually behaved surprisingly well!

He still holds that world record today and is also believed to be one of the oldest living crocodiles in existence.

Despite all of his injuries and his age, he is in very good condition and is living out his golden years on Green Island with everything he needs, along with people who love and care for him.

Green Island’s resident crocodile Cassius turns 112

THE Far North’s most famous crocodile is really getting a bit long in the tooth.

Cassius, the largest crocodile in captivity in the world according to Guinness World Records, this week celebrated his 112th birthday.

The smiling 5.48m saltie was given a chicken birthday cake for the special occasion.

Cassius, also thought to be the oldest croc in captivity, was captured in 1984 after becoming a problem in the Northern Territory for stealing cattle and attacking boat propellers.

When he was caught, he was missing a leg and had battle scars all over his body, testament to a hard-fought life.

He was brought to Marineland Melanesia on Green Island, off Cairns, by George Craig, where he has lived out his twilight years.

Mr Craig named the fighter croc after another world heavyweight champion, Cassius Clay, the birth name of boxer Muhammad Ali.

Mr Craig’s granddaughter Jemma, who has known Cassius all her life, said the reptile’s longevity was mostly due to his idyllic island lifestyle.

“Because he’s been in captivity and sheltered for the past 30 years, he has lived a lot longer,” she said.

The plate of raw chicken fashioned into a “cake” was the obvious clue that this 112th birthday celebration was slightly different.

The birthday boy is Cassius, recognised in the Guinness World Records as the largest crocodile in captivity. He is 5.48 metres in length and weighs 1300kg.

 

He is also thought to be the oldest, celebrating his 112th birthday with balloons, a happy birthday sign and the chicken cake at his retirement home on Green Island off the coast of Cairns in far north Queensland.

The saltwater crocodile was captured in 1984 in the Northern Territory after developing a penchant for stealing cattle and attacking boat propellers.

He is missing a leg and has scars over his body – evidence of experiencing a hard-fought life like his namesake heavyweight boxing champion Cassius Clay aka Muhammad Ali.

George Craig, a croc handler who founded Marineland Melanesia on Green Island, bought Cassius and moved him to the Great Barrier Reef island to live out his retirement.

Cassius celebrated his birthday with Marineland Melanesia visitors and three generations of Craig family handlers including the youngest Jemma.

“They give crocodiles a maximum age of about 90 years in the wild just because another croc will eventually come along and kill them,” she said.

“Because he’s been in captivity and sheltered for the past 30 years, he has lived a lot longer.”

The world’s oldest crocodile celebrates his 112th birthday in style

Published 8 months ago

Cassius the crocodile has turned 112 in style with a birthday party complete with balloons, a ‘happy birthday’ sign and a chicken birthday cake.

The oldest crocodile in the world, who measures 18 ft (5.48 metres) in length and weighs 1,300 kg (2,866 lbs), has also been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the largest crocodile in captivity.

Cassius.
Cassius (Queensland)

He celebrated his birthday from his retirement home on Green Island, a Great Barrier Reef cay off the coast of Cairns in Australia.

Cassius was captured in 1984 after becoming a problem crocodile in the Northern Territory for stealing cattle and attacking boat propellers. When caught, he was missing a leg and had battle scars all over his body, testament to a hard-fought life in the wild.

Cassius.
Cassius gets ready to tuck into his chicken cake (Queensland)

Croc handler George Craig bought the Cassius and took him to Green Island to live out his retirement years in peace and safety at his crocodile park – Marineland Melanesia.

George named the fighter croc after another famous heavyweight, Cassius Clay – the birth name of boxer Muhammad Ali.

George Craig.
George Craig (right) and Jemma Craig (far left) (Queensland)

The park is family-owned and run by three generations of the Craig family, who live on the tiny island.

Zookeeper and youngest Craig family member Jemma has known Cassius her entire life.

“They give crocodiles a maximum age of about 90 years in the wild just because another croc will eventually come along and kill them,” Jemma says.

Cassius.
Cassius looks like he’s having a good birthday (Queensland).

“Because he’s been in captivity and sheltered for the past 30 years, he has lived a lot longer.

Cassius celebrated his milestone with Marineland Melanesia visitors and three generations of Craig family handlers who tend to the battle-scarred and ancient croc’s every need.

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