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Lolong, Philippines’ Giant Crocodile Bigger Than Australia’s Cassius Clay

Friday, September 16th, 2011 | Animals, NEWS, World with 1 Comment

Lolong, the giant crocodile captured alive in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur may soon replace Australian crocodile called Cassius Clay as Guinness World Records‘ Biggest Crocodile in Captivity.

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Lolong vs Cassius Clay: Battle of Giant Crocodiles
Image Credit: PhilStar.com

Cassius Clay, giant crocodile named after boxing legend Muhammad Ali, was declared on Thursday, September 16 by the Guinness World Records as the world’s biggest crocodile captured alive. The Australian crocodile, captured in Northern Territory in 1984, measures about 5.5 meters long and weighs almost a ton.

Lolong, named after a veteran crocodile handler who died days before the giant crocodile was captured, measures about 6.4-meters long.

However, Philippine officials need to work fast in providing Lolong a better habitat to have it recognized by the Guinness World Records.

According to Guinness World Records spokesperson Chris Sheedy, they will not recognized Lolong “until it’s in acceptable captivity, which is humane and professional, and until it has been properly measured.”

One of the World’s Smallest Frog is found in Haiti earthquake 2010 ruins

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011 | Animals, NEWS, SCIENCE, World with No Comments »
Photo Credit: © Robin Moore/iLCP/Mongabay.com

One of the smallest frog in the world, Juvenile Macaya Breast-spot Frog, whose scientific name is, Eleutherodactylus thorectes, was found in the ruins of the Haiti earthquake 2010, according to earlier reports by international sites. After 20 long years of searching, this critically endangered species, that was last seen in 1991, was finally rediscoverd.The discovery of this frog specie was made by Robin Moore and Blair Hedges of Pennsylvania State University during an eight day conservation expedition in the deforested hills of Massif de la Hotte and Massif de la Selle in Haiti.

A fully grown Juvenile Macaya Breast-spot Frog is just about the size of a green grape and this lined it up to the list of smallest frog species in the world. According to several Science websites, the world’s smallest frog measuring 9.8 millimeters found in Brazil, is called Gold frog, whose scientific name is, Brazilian Psyllophryne Didactyla.

The expedition of Moore and Hedges is aimed at finding the La Selle Grass frog species, scientific name is E. glanduliferoides, that was last seen more than 25 years ago. But instead of finding what they are looking for, the scientists encountered six long-lost species that includeHispaniolan Ventriloquial Frog, Mozart’s Frog, La Hotte Glanded Frog, Hispaniolan Crowned Frog, and the Macaya Burrowing Frog. All of these frogs were seen in 1991, except for Macaya Burrowing Frog that was last documented 1996. Earlier reports have posted the description and scientific names of these rare frog species.

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