Gharials (Gavialis gangeticus)

There are 4 types of crocodilians in the world. One is the Gharial. Gharials are one of the largest crocodilians in the world. They are also one of the three species found in India. They are also found in parts of Bhutan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

In India they are found in the tributaries of the Ganges. Gharials have a very distinct feature which tells the male and female apart. The males have a big pot-like structure on the end of their snout. The name gharial comes from this feature. ‘Ghara’ in Hindi means a pot. They are the only crocodilians you can tell their gender by external features. They have an aquatic lifestyle, preferring riverine habitats. Gharials feed almost only on fish. They are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN red list due to habitat destruction.

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