Mugger/marsh crocodile (Crocodylus Palustris)

Mugger crocodiles get their name from the Hindi word, “Magar” which means water monster. They are the most common crocodilians to be found in India and are also found in Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and occasionally Bangladesh. Found in freshwaters like, rivers, lakes and marsh lands.

As juveniles their diet consists of crustaceans and small fish moving on to larger fish, birds and mammals as well as sometimes a buffalo or a deer as they grow bigger. This species is considered vulnerable on the IUCN red list due to habitat destruction, hunting for meat and skin as well as being caught in fishing nets.

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