A picture of a 22-foot crocodile has sparked a furious debate in Australia over who took the snap and who owns the croc.

A claim on the crocodile picture from the Northern territories comes from Jeida Francis, 23, who said the reptile was killed in 1997 because it was attacking cattle in the community of Manangoora, according to the Northern Territories News.

“I remember when it happened. My aunt took the photo,” Francis said.

“It was massive. It took two LandCruisers to pull it out. They have one croc that is still out there. He should be getting to this size by now.”

Francis said the crocodile picture was posted to Facebook two years ago by his cousin.

However, Chas Cole, from Katherine, Queensland, claims the picture was taken two years ago by a friend in Queensland.

“It was a friend of mine, who was a structural engineer, who took the photo,” Cole said.

“It tangled himself on the cables and drowned to death.”

The now famous crocodile photo also appeared in the Cairns Post in December 2008 claiming that the crocodile was shot in the Albert River, near the border with the Northern Territory.

That was one busy crocodile.


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