Image: Trip in a Van via Facebook

Crocodiles are not to be messed with, and in case you forgot, here’s a video of a huge saltwater crocodile dragging a cow down a river in Queensland, Australia.

Justin Lorrimer, a Queensland resident was out fishing when he witnessed the croc hauling the cow from the river bank and quickly pulled out his drone to capture the amazing footage. He posted the video on the Trip in A Van Facebook page, where he documents his family’s travels.


Image: Trip in a Van via Facebook

It’s unclear how big the crocodile in the video is, but Lorrimer estimates that it was about 5 or 6 meters (16-19 feet.) The croc dragged its meal for a good distance before trying to pull it under the water.

“[It was] an amazing display of how powerful these big creatures are!!!” Lorrimer wrote.

Saltwater crocodiles are the largest living reptiles on earth and adult males can grow to lengths of more than 20 feet. With their extraordinary bite force and penchant for aggressively attacking anything that enters their territory, salties are a force to be reckoned with.


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Although they typically prey on smaller animals, they’re capable of eating just about anything (or anyone) if given the opportunity. Sightings of these huge reptiles snacking on wild boar, water buffalo, and even sharks, are not uncommon.

With their eyes and nostrils positioned on top of their head, these crocs can lurk silently below the surface while waiting for the prey to approach the water’s edge. Then in a sudden burst, they’ll launch themselves out of the water, drag the startled animal in, and hold it underneath the water until it drowns. They can even jump vertically out of the water if necessary!

Watch the video: