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Name: Gharial

Scientific Name: Gavialis gangeticus


Chitwan National Park


The Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as gavial or fish-eating crocodile, is a crocodilian in the family Gavialidae and among the longest of all living crocodilians. Mature females are 2.6 - 4.5m (8ft 6in - 14ft 9in) long, and males 3 - 6m (9ft 10in - 19ft 8in). Adult males have a distinct boss at the end of the snout, which resembles an earthenware pot known as a ghara, hence the name "gharial". The gharial is well adapted to catching fish because of its long, narrow snout and 110 sharp, interlocking teeth.