A list of my favorite images of gharials.
The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as the gavial, fish-eating crocodile or ghariyal is a crocodilian in the family Gavialidae and is native to the northern part of the Indian subcontinent.
The global wild gharial population is estimated at fewer than 235 individuals, which are threatened by loss of riverine habitat, depletion of fish resources, and entanglement in fishing nets.
As the population has declined drastically since the 1930s, the gharial is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
The gharial is one of the longest of all living crocodilians, measuring up to 6.25 m (20.5 ft), though this is an extreme upper limit, as the average adult gharial is only 3.5 to 4.5 m (11 to 15 ft) in length.
With 110 sharp, interdigitated teeth in its long, thin snout, it is well adapted to catching fish, its main diet.
The male gharial has a distinctive boss at the end of the snout, which resembles an earthenware pot known in Hindi as ghara. The gharial's common name is derived from this similarity.
Gharials once inhabited all the major river systems of the Indian subcontinent, from the Irrawaddy River in the east to the Indus River in the west. Their distribution is now limited to only 2% of their former range.
They inhabit foremost flowing rivers with high sand banks that they use for basking and building nests. They usually mate in the cold season. The young hatch before the onset of the monsoon.
The gharial is one of three crocodilians native to India, the other two being the mugger crocodile and the saltwater crocodile.
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