Tomistoma (Tomistoma schlegelii)

Tomistoma are found in Malaysia, Indonesia, Borneo, Sumatra and maybe in Vietnam as well. They live in swamps, rivers and freshwater lakes. In greek, their generic name ‘tomistoma’ means sharp mouth.
Their long thin snout make them mainly fish eaters. They also eat crustaceans, snakes and mammals. They mainly grow up to 5 meatres, yet there have been a couple that have exceeded 5.5 metres in captivity. Along witht the gharial, their eggs are the largest in the world. The females build mound nests and usually protect them. They lay between 20 – 60 eggs. They are considered as endangered due to habitat destruction and getting caught in fishing nets.

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