Rivers and Streams Animals

Class: Reptilia: Reptiles  Diet: Fish
Order: Crocodilia: Crocodiles, Alligators, Gavial 
Size: 7 m (23 ft)
Family: Alligatorianae: Alligators and Caimans  Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
Scientific Name: Gavialis gangeticus  Habitat: large rivers
Range: Northern India

Size of GavialThe Indian gavial has an extremely long narrow snout, studded with about 100 small teeth -- ideal equipment for seizing fish and frogs underwater. Like all crocodilians, the gavial has been hunted for its skin, and it is now one of the rarest in Asia. Its hind limbs are paddle-like, and the gavial seems rarely to leave the water except to nest. The female lays her eggs at night in a pit dug in the riverbank.

Range of Gavial
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