The meanest streets in the world don’t have anything on the Limpopo province of South Africa, where literally thousands of crocodiles are roaming freely about the town after escaping a local farm plagued by rampant flood waters.

As a safety measure, authorities have urged residents to remain indoors while efforts are made to capture the blood-thirsty menagerie of savage and insidious beasts. However, wildlife experts say that attempting to wrangle all 15,000 Nile crocodiles is no easy task, as they are finding them everywhere from area rugby fields to perched on tree branches.

According to crocodile farmer Zane Langman, only a few thousand of the wild-eyed man-eaters have been recovered, with more than half of them still thought to be belly-crawling around, hunting human snacks. This is scary because Nile crocs are able to reach speeds of nearly 10mph on land and 22mph in the water – there is very little chance to outrun one of these monsters, once it has indiscriminately deemed you dinner.

Langman says that crocodile farms exist to provide people with things like shoes, belts and handbags – and sometimes even meat. He adds that while the crocodiles have yet to cause any casualties, some residents have incurred some pretty close calls. “You wonder the whole time if you’ll make it there. When we reached a trapped family, the crocodiles were swimming around them. Praise the Lord, the family was all alive.”