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My first Mermay this month, inspired by the prompt “Gharial” which is a really cool type of crocodile! Plus I had to add horns, because all monster girls are cooler with horns in my opinion, hahaha =P

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Welcome to Albion Zoo

Albion Zoo is a new zoo that I have started on Planet Zoo. This is the first zoo that I am putting care and effort into to make it look nice and actually look like a proper zoo. I have semi-completed the first area and ready to share some screenshots!


About the Zoo
Albion Zoo aim is to help endanged animals and promote their wellbeing. The zoo also aims to be able to educate the public on what will help these animals in the wild. 


More about the zoo and animals below the cut!

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Indian Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus)

  • status: critically endangered
  • taken at the Los Angeles Zoo in Los Angeles, California

Posting a new photo of one of the indian Gharials early since I finally completed my first photo trip for 2020 successfully (no forgotten batteries this time apnfdapna)! They’re a good bit bigger than the last time I photographed them and definitely look completely at home in their swimming area. This one came up from the depths of it to swim a couple laps around allowing me to get a nice photo of some of its unique facial features.

According to the iucn Red List there are only about 300 - 900 individuals left.

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Gavialis Gangeticus

Habitat: Wide slow moving rivers in South Asia.

Length: They can get up to 20ft long and can weigh from 350-550 plbs.

Diet: Adults will eat mainly fish while juveniles also hunt insects, crustaceans, and frogs.

Venom Toxicity: none

Cool Facts

  • They have very long narrow jaws so they can quickly move it in the water to help them catch their prey and thekr 100 ish teeth also help them hold on to the slippery fish.
  • They were on the brink of extinction in the 1970s and even now their current range is only a small fraction of what it was. Many steps have been taken to preserve the species such as harvesting wild eggs then reintroducing the young back into the wild. The process ensures that almost all of the young survive the most dangerous part of their life so they have a greater chance of reaching adulthood.
  • Predation is not the biggest reason of their number decline. People have depleted the fish stocks in many river so much so that even with the egg harvesting and reintroduction that many of the young cant survive.
  • The Gharial is also known as a Gavial because of Europeans misreading. Gharial is derived from the word ghara meaning mud pot.
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“What would #Croctober be without a #FunFactFriday from a crocodilian?! The gharial is a critically endangered Asian crocodilian most notable for their distinguished, elongated snouts filled with around 110 sharp, needle-like teeth made for cutting through the water and catching fish. Gharials can grow up to 20 feet long making it one of the largest of all crocodilian species. Being exclusively fish eaters, gharials coexist well with other species such as turtles and birds in the same space.” 

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Gavialis gangeticus
©Laura Quick

Once widespread in India and Central Asia, now critically endangered, they still exist in fragmented sections in Northern India and Nepal. Males grow to 16-21 feet long and can weigh up to 550 pounds. Their long snout with nostrils, ear openings,and eyes are positioned high on their skull which allows them to lay  at the water line with all the important bits above water.

Some Fun Facts

  • Live for 50-60 years in the wild
  • Snout might not look powerful but it is filled with 110 razor-sharp interlocking teeth
  • Fishing specialists - catch fish sideways, flicking them with their jaws turning them so they can swallow the fish headfirst.
  • use their tails in a side-to-side motion to propel themselves through the water.
  • Spend most of their time in water, their leg strength on land is not great, they move forward on land using all four limbs, similar to turtles
  • Lack a Jacobson’s organ, which is present in mos reptiles
  • Male adults have a weirdish looking knob called a “ghara” (Hindi for round earthen pot) on the end of their snout. The ghara, vibrates which amplifies a humming/buzzing sound which can be heard up to a mile away, and is used to attract females.
  • Crocodilians are ‘gastroliths’ - they swallow stones which embed in their stomach folds and aid in digestion, they may also play a part in gharial buoyancy.

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