Gavial Fact Sheet

Common Name:

Gavial

Scientific Name:

Gavialis gangeticus

Wild Status:

Critically Endangered

Habitat:

Riverine Habitat

Country:

All Indian subcontinent countries.

Shelter:

Riverbanks and River water

Life Span:

60 years

Size:

females up to 15 ft, males up to 20ft

Cool Facts:

  • Gavials are specialized at eating fish using their specialized snout.
  • The bulbous structure at the end of its snout is called a ghara. Males can emit buzzing sounds using their gharas.
  • Gavials are more closely related crocodiles compared to other crocodilians.
  • Gavials are the only members of the Gavialidae family.

Details:

The gavial is a large crocodilian, with males growing up to 20 ft long. Females are smaller, growing

Taxonomic Breakdown:

Conservation & Helping:

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