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False Gharial

The False Gharial is a freshwater species that has earned its scientific name from Hermann Schlegel, a German herpetologist. The young hatchlings are not taken care of by their parents and thus often get preyed upon by wild dogs, leopards, mongoose and tigers.


KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderCrocodilia
FamilyGavialidae
SubfamilyTomistominae
GenusTomistoma
Scientific NameTomistoma schlegelii


Also Known asTomistoma, Sunda gharial, and Malayan gharial
LengthMales: 11-16 ft (132-192 in) Females: 10-13 ft (120-156 in)
WeightMales: 190-210 kg (418-462 oz) Females: Around 93 kg(205 oz)
ColorationGrayish white ventral side, reddish brown body exhibiting cross bands on the tail and back
Distribution Indonesia, and peninsular Malaysia
HabitatFreshwater rivers, lakes, and swamps
DietMonkeys and macaques , waterbirds, snakes, and fish
Clutch Size13-35 eggs
Mode of ReproductionOviparous
IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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Published on July 4th 2019 by under Crocodiles. Article was last reviewed on 25th June 2019.

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