Belize killer croc is huge — but now bagged, tagged and toast

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Vince Rose, a U.S. immigrant who runs the local American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, ACES,  based on Ambergris Caye captured this killer crock, variousl reported between 10 and 12 feet long and weighing over 500 pounds. This croc is believed to have killed a mainand fisherman in a pond near Belize City.
Vince Rose, a U.S. immigrant who runs the local American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, ACES, based on Ambergris Caye lead the team of local men that captured this killer croc. It is believed to be about 55 years old, nearly 12 feet long and weigh more than 500 pounds. This croc is believed to have killed a mainland fisherman in a pond near Belize City.

 

The captured crocodile is believed to be the one that attacked and killed 47-year-old Benque resident Carl Diaz, a fisherman and father of  five kids. The croc was captured in a Lord’s Bank pond on the outskirts of Belize City earlier this week.

Vince Rose of ACES told the media: “This is the croc; – it’s pretty aggressive. I got into the water, and it charged me, so I am pretty sure that this is the croc.”

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Here’s an interview with Vince Rose by Channel 7 Belize.

Said Rose: “He measured out at almost 11 feet. He is missing about a foot and a half of his tail. He probably weighs 500 pounds, maybe 550, he is probably underweight by 100 pounds. He is probably about anywhere from 45 – 55 years old. They don’t get this big for being stupid, they get this big being smart and hiding from people. He did his job, he hid really well.”

The crocodile was later killed by the Belize Department of Forestry. A search is on for a second crocodile that attacked two people on Tuesday.

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Belize killer croc is huge — but now bagged, tagged and toast

    Ruthie and Chunk said:
    April 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    You should check out the CSI croc tour. Very fun and interesting.

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      April 13, 2014 at 7:05 am

      I keep thinking that. My balcony faces their office! I should walk over and talk with them some time.

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    Greg Gross said:
    April 12, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Somehow, whenever I envision a tropical retirement paradise, large pieces of amphibious, carnivorous luggage don’t make it into the frame. YIKES!

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      April 13, 2014 at 7:01 am

      Greg, you can’t even make boots out of a skin that thick …..last year Vince Rose caught a 700 pounder in San Pedro Town. It had lost its fear of humans (and especially their pet dogs). http://7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=26601 Guess they are pretty common around here, on the lagoon side of the isand.

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    4sarge said:
    April 13, 2014 at 5:08 am

    That is one BIG Croc

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    Karen Kelly said:
    April 13, 2014 at 6:53 am

    That’s pretty impressive!

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    Croc up! « Bound for Belize said:
    June 24, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    […] And in April, ACES captured a 500-pound killer croc on the mainland. […]

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    Andy said:
    April 23, 2015 at 5:03 am

    How come they allowed the government to kill it? I thought ACES were all about conservation?

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      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      April 23, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      This croc killed a man, Andy. It no longer fears — and may even have had a taste for — humans. That is a problem. Plus, as I understand, there is no longer a crocodile sanctuary in Belize. The last one was burned to the ground by villagers who believed children were being fed to the crocs.

      Plus, this is still the wild frontier. An eye for an eye, a crock for a human. Frontier justice rules.

      ACES often captures crocs here on the island and relocates them up north in less-populated areas but even that is becoming difficult as development spreads north.

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