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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.




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

Please stop blaming snakes for everything

From Medusa to the Bible to Harry Potter, snakes have a bad reputation, but the vast majority are quite harmless - in fact, only about 20% of snakes are venomous, and the bites of less than 7% of snakes are considered medically important! Aside from venomous snakes, there are a few large constrictors that are dangerous, as well. But the truth is that the vast majority of snakes you come across in the wild would prefer to stay out of your way and be left alone! Even in Australia, the only continent in the world where venomous snakes outnumber the non-venomous, there are only 2-4 deaths by snake recorded each year. You are far more likely to be die from a bee sting - or another human - than be hurt by a snake!

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