- This book is getting done THIS WEEK.
The Gharial of India, my favorite of the crocodilians. Their wild population is diminishing, with loss of habitat there are only about 1000 of gharial in the wild.
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
- 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.
baby indian gharial. ive always loved gharials since i was a little kid and im obsessed with this little buddy
Just learned that this exists and I’m so mad
Why haven’t I seen these before I love them