A replica of the world's largest recorded crocodile in Normanton in north-west Queensland has received a face lift.

Krys the croc was killed by a single shot in Normanton in the 1950s and measured at more than eight-and-a-half-metres.

Carpentaria Shire Council Mayor Fred Pascoe says the statue was erected many years ago and was well overdue for a fresh coat of paint.

He says it took a palaeontologist several days to bring the beast back to life.

"He's looking 100 per cent - he's looking like he's a big bad boy again," he said.

"He's probably a little bit lighter - he was painted a little bit darker in the initial but in saying that, the guy did a very good job.

"He's very life-like so the colours that are on him are no different to if you took a trip up to Norman River and seen a croc sunning himself on the bank."

Palaeontologist Paul Stumkat gave the replica a fresh coat of paint and says he tried his best to make the croc look as life-like as possible.

"It was out in the sun and it was quite windy, which as you can imagine makes spray painting pretty difficult," he said.

"That's quite tedious so it was also challenging - I kept joking with the CEO at the Carpentaria Shire saying that they should have put me on as a temporary tourist officer.

"I kept having to talk and discuss certain issues stopping every five minutes in front of the sculpture."

 

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