TITLE

Gavial

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Gavial, or Gharial, a large reptile related to the crocodile. The Indian gavial is found near rivers in Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The male reaches a length of 18 feet (5.5 m); the female, a length of 13 feet (4 m). During the mating season, the male attracts a female by inflating a knob at the end of his snout. After mating, the female lays 30 to 40 eggs in a flask-shaped hole in the ground. The false gavial is a smaller, related species found in Indonesia and Malaysia. Both species are endangered due to indiscriminate hunting.
ACCESSION #
37309558

 

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