Thursday, April 7, 2016

G is for Gharial

Gharials are found in rivers in northern India and the countries around it. They don't do well on land because of their short legs, but are very efficient in the water.  Have you ever seen so many long, sharp teeth? They make it very easy for the gharial to eat fish, which are its normal diet.,_ZOO_Praha_045.jpg

Their closest relative is the crocodile, but unlike the crocodile their snout is long and narrowMales have what looks like a rounded bulge on the end of the snout. The Hindi word ghara is a long handled clay pot. Evidently someone thought that's what the snout resembled, hence the name gharial.

Gharials in the wild may live anywhere from 40 to 60 years. I found conflicting reports about their size. The National Zoo website claimed that males could get as long as 23 ft., whereas the National Geographic said up to a little over 15 ft. Whatever the size, I sure wouldn't want to meet one of them face to face.

This is Day 7 of the Blogging A to Z Challenge for April, 2016.

Resources: a-z animals, Wikipedia, National Zoo, National Geographic

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