DescriptionEditThe Gharial is a member of the crocodilian family. They average between 12 to 15 feet in length and can weigh over 1300 pounds. They are very similar to crocodiles, however they have very long and narrow snouts and a green - blue coloring, which makes them easier to identify than other crocodilians. They have long tails that help propel them through the water, along with webbed feet and powerful mucels.
Gharials typically live in rivers and streams in India. Like other crocodilians, they are aquatic, and spend most of their lives in the water. They need areas that have much food and few predators in order to survive, and a river makes an ideal spot.
Like other crocodilians, gharials will eat anything from fish, to birds, to mammals, and other small reptiles. They usually look for areas with large amounts of fish to eat.
Gharials behave the same way as the freshwater crocodile. They will not strike at a competeter unless provoked.
Gharials have been put into captivity. They are taken care of well and are allowed to breed, for they are endangered in the wild.