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Indian Gharial   (Gavialis gangeticus)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

This crocodilian’s long, narrow snout it an adaptation to its diet, which consists primarily of fish. They are the longest of all crocodilians, able to grow to over 20 feet long. Gharials are the most thoroughly aquatic of all crocodiles and cannot move well on land, only slide along on their bellies. Despite conservation efforts, they are critically endangered in their native India due to habitat loss and decline of fish stocks.

http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/reptiles/nile-crocodile/

http://library.sandiegozoo.org/factsheets/gharial/gharial.htm#physical

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Crocodilia
Family - Gavialidae
Genus - Gavialis
Species - G. gangeticus

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Here’s blood in your eye!

Horned lizards utilize a few tried-and-true ways of avoiding predators: like many other animals, they blend in with their surroundings and can puff themselves up to look larger and more threatening. But what they are best known for is a particularly messy hail-Mary play, where they startle and confuse predators by squiring blood out of their eyes! To accomplish this, the horned lizard increases the blood pressure in its head, rupturing the vessels in its eyelid, at which point a stream of blood, carefully aimed and up to 5 feet in length squirts the offending predator. The horned lizard’s blood is particularly foul to canine and feline (possibly due to the high quantity of venomous harvester ants in its diet), and should provide just enough of a diversion (or aversion!) for the lizard to scurry away and survive another day!

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