Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Reptilia
                 Family : Gavialidae
  Scientific Name : Gavialis Gangeticus

                      Size : 3.6 - 5m 
                                 (12.5 - 16.5ft)
                 Weight : 150 - 680kg 
                                 (330 - 1500lbs)
           Top Speed : 24km/h (15mph)
            Life Span : 20 - 30 years

                Colour : Black, Grey, Brown
           Skin Type : Scales
Special Features : Long, thin snout 
                               and large body size
  1. Gharials are large sized reptiles found in northern India and surrounding countries.
  2. They are most closely related to the salt-water crocodiles, caimans and alligators.
  3. They are not adaptable to a comfortable life on land because of their short legs.
  4. They inhabit the calm areas of the fast- flowing, deep rivers in the Northern part of the Indian subcontinent.
  5. They are one of the longest, large reptiles, with some individuals growing to be around 6m long.
  6. Distinctively, they have a thin, long snout with around 50 sharp teeth.
  7. Their long helps them in catching fish.
  8. Since their narrow snout doesn’t enable them to eat anything big, they are not feared by humans as crocodiles are.
  9. Despite this, they have been known to behave aggressively towards humans.
  10. They are solitary predators and are dominant predators in their environment.
  11. They are carnivores feeding on fish, insects and small animals.
  12. They have no natural predators because of their enormous size.
  13. The female gharials make their nests in the dry season on the sandy river banks
  14. They females lay between 30-50 eggs and bury them in a hole.
  15. The baby gharials are looked after their mother in the water for the first few days.
  16. Humans have hunted them extensively for their meat and their leather.
  17. Due to pollution and human hunting, Gharials are a critically endangered species today.

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