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Scientists Name Ancient Crocodile For Lord Of The Ring’s Balrog

PIC: University of Florida (C)

PIC: University of Florida (C)

Fly, you fools!”

(And get ready for the Tolkien Estate’s attorneys…)

It was 16 feet (4.8 meters) long and tipped the scales at 900 lbs. (408 kilograms). With a blunt snout and powerful bite, it ate turtles and battled monster snakes. Now this extinct dyrosaur, a type of crocodilian, which roamed an ancient rainforest a few million years after the dinosaurs died, has a scientific name.

It’s called Anthracosuchus balrogus after the fiery Balrog that lurked deep in the Middle-Earth mines of Moria in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel “The Lord of the Rings.”

via Ancient Croc Named After ‘Lord of the Rings’ Monster.

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Photographer Snaps Pics of Awesome Battle Between Crocodile and Python

Pic: TNT Corliss via ABC Northwest Queensland (C) -

Pic: TNT Corliss via ABC Northwest Queensland (C) -

While many of us might run like hell if we happened upon a battle between these two Australian alpha predator reptiles, local writer Tiffany McCorliss grabbed her camera instead. There are more pictures – many of which might be potent nightmare fuel for the ophidophobic among you – at the site. Click through for more.

Via BBC News:

Tiffany Corlis, a local author, saw the fight and took these pictures, which have been widely used in the Australian media.

“It was amazing,” she told the BBC. “We saw the snake fighting with the crocodile – it would roll the crocodile around to get a better grip, and coil its body around the crocodile’s legs to hold it tight.”

“The fight began in the water – the crocodile was trying to hold its head out of the water at one time, and the snake was constricting it.”

“After the crocodile had died, the snake uncoiled itself, came around to the front, and started to eat the crocodile, face-first,” she added.

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21-Foot Crocodile Caught In Philippines

Possibly the largest ever captured alive, the beast is believed to have eaten two people, weights a ton, and is estimated to be 50 years old. Apparently having never watched King Kong, villagers plan to make it the star attraction of a tourist-geared theme park. The Guardian reports:

Villagers and veteran hunters ensnared the saltwater crocodile over the weekend after a three-week hunt in Bunawan township in Agusan del Sur province, where terrified villagers have reported at least one deadly attack.

Elorde said he planned to make the captured crocodile “the biggest star” in an ecotourism park to be built to increase villagers’ and tourists’ awareness of the vital role the dreaded reptiles play in the ecosystem.

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