Family Gavialidae (Gharials)

Gavialis gangeticus

  • Common Name: Indian Gharial
  • Distridution: Indian Subcontinent
  • Size: 5 - 6m
  • Diet: Juveniles eat a variety of aquatic invertebrate, including frogs. Adults are perfectly adapted for catch fish
  • Habitat: Rivers. Adapted to the slow moving areas of large deep rivers.
  • Fossil Record: Gharials are known from the Eocene, however the modern genus Gavialis first appeared in the Miocene.