- DISTRIBUTION : Indian subcontinent
- HABITAT : Found in the calmer, deep areas of fast-flowing rivers.
- BEHAVIOUR AND FOOD HABIT : The distinctive narrow snout of the gharial is a superb adaptation for catching prey underwater. By providing very little resistance to water, it enables the gharial to whip its head sideways through the water to snatch fish with its small, razor-sharp teeth. Adults feed primarily on fish, juvenile gharials sustain themselves on a vast array of invertebrates.
- FOOD SERVED HERE : Live fish
- BRIEF DESCRIPTION :
1. BODY LENGTH- 5 - 6 m male, 3.5 - 4.5 m female.
2. BODY WEIGHT- 160 - 250 kg
3. BODY COLOUR - Dark or light olive above with dark cross-bands
- LIFE-SPAN : 25 - 30 years
- THREAT : Hunting, habitat loss and human exploitation
- CONSERVATION STATUS : Critically endangered