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Gharial

Gavialis gangeticus

Description:

"The gharial, also called Indian gavial or gavial, is the only surviving member of the once well-represented family Gavialidae, a long-established group of crocodilians with long, slender snouts. The average size of mature gharials is 3.5 to 4.5 m (11 to 15 ft). The maximum recorded size is 6.25 m (20.5 ft). Hatchlings approximate 37 cm (15 in)."

Habitat:

"Gharials once thrived in all the major river systems of the Indian subcontinent, spanning the rivers of its northern part from the Indus in Pakistan across the Gangetic floodplain to the Irrawaddy in Myanmar. Today their distribution is limited to only 2% of their former range."

Notes:

"Gharials are exceeded in size only by the Saltwater Crocodile. Since 2007, the species is listed as Critically Endangered on the Red List of Threatened Species issued by IUCN."

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23 Comments

Abby Ccga
Abby Ccga 7 months ago

Looks prehistoric!

KarenL
KarenL a year ago

The gharial, despite having an impressive number of sharp teeth, is not aggressive, and its bite is extremely weak. Populations of this unique member of the crocodile family are unfortunately declining rapidly due to poaching and water pollution, and the species is listed as a Critically Endangered by IUCN.

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Wonderful !

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 2 years ago

Awesome capture...

Carolina Espinoza
Carolina Espinoza 2 years ago

Congrats Rachael !!!

Trapsuutjie
Trapsuutjie 2 years ago

O my what big teeth you have! Great photo!

vanhevel
vanhevel 2 years ago

that's a lot of teeth!

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 years ago

A weird crocodilian with a pot for a nose (males) and severe orthodontic issues.
Good spot.

MaryEvans2
MaryEvans2 2 years ago

Stunning photos of a great spotting - thanks for sharing, and congrats!

JenniferOngko
JenniferOngko 2 years ago

cool ! =))

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 2 years ago

Please add to Reptiles of the World mission..

Wild Things
Wild Things 2 years ago

Congratulations Rachael.

KatCuff
KatCuff 2 years ago

That is an insane encounter!!! Incredible!

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

Congratulations - great photos, Rachel

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Congratulations Rachael
Grate series

RachaelB
RachaelB 2 years ago

Thanks Yasser!

Carolina
Carolina 2 years ago

Congrats Rachael! It's a really cool looking crocodile!

Yasser
Yasser 2 years ago

Congratulations Rachael! This photo was selected as Spotting of the Day!

"Exceeded in size only by the Saltwater Crocodile, the long and slender-snouted Gharial is a critically endangered crocodilian found in India and Nepal."

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RachaelB
RachaelB 2 years ago

@S Frazier: this guy was actually part of the breeding program they have within the Chitwan NP. There's some interesting info about it here:http://www.gharialconservation.org/PDF/CADI%20NEPAL%20Gharial%20report%202005.pdf
They say that the Gharial is one of the seven of the most threatened crocodiles in the world.

SusanEllison
SusanEllison 2 years ago

awesome reflection shot

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Great spot!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 2 years ago

Hello. Do you remember anything about the habitat? Thanks

NicoleB
NicoleB 2 years ago

wow, that's one awesome long snout!

Madhyamanchal, Nepal

Lat: 27.49, Long: 84.48

Spotted on May 6, 2007
Submitted on Dec 25, 2011

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