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Gavialis gangeticus


"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)."


"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."


"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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Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 8 years ago

great shots, and a beautiful animal.

Abby Ccga
Abby Ccga 10 years ago

Looks prehistoric!

KarenL 10 years 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.

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Wonderful !

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 11 years ago

Awesome capture...

Carolina Espinoza
Carolina Espinoza 12 years ago

Congrats Rachael !!!

Trapsuutjie 12 years ago

O my what big teeth you have! Great photo!

vanhevel 12 years ago

that's a lot of teeth!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 12 years ago

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

MaryEvans2 12 years ago

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

JenniferOngko 12 years ago

cool ! =))

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Please add to Reptiles of the World mission..

Wild Things
Wild Things 12 years ago

Congratulations Rachael.

KatCuff 12 years ago

That is an insane encounter!!! Incredible!

Maria dB
Maria dB 12 years ago

Congratulations - great photos, Rachel

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 12 years ago

Congratulations Rachael
Grate series

RachaelB 12 years ago

Thanks Yasser!

Carolina 12 years ago

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

Yasser 12 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."


RachaelB 12 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:
They say that the Gharial is one of the seven of the most threatened crocodiles in the world.

SusanEllison 12 years ago

awesome reflection shot

KarenL 12 years ago

Great spot!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 12 years ago

Hello. Do you remember anything about the habitat? Thanks

NicoleB 12 years ago

wow, that's one awesome long snout!

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मध्यमाञ्चल विकास क्षेत्र, Nepal

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

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