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Mugger Crocodile

Mugger crocodile is a medium-sized species of crocodile occurring in much of the Indian subcontinent and the surrounding countries. The species has the broadest snout among the extant crocodiles. It is known to be quite social as it tolerates their own species during basking and feeding.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Crocodilia
    Family Crocodylidae
    Subfamily Crocodylinae
    Genus Crocodylus
    Scientific Name Crocodylus palustris


    Other Names Indian, Indus, Sindhu, Persian, Marsh Crocodile, Mugger
    Size Males: Around 3.2 m
    Females: Around 2.45 m
    Largest recorded specimen measures 3.7 m
    Weight Male: 40 to 200 kg
    Color Dark gray or brown
    Distribution India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, southernmost region of Iran
    Habitat Lakes, rivers, marshes, swamps
    Diet Fish, snakes, birds, turtles, mammals like monkeys, squirrels, otters, chital
    Breeding Season February to April
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 10 – 48 eggs
    Incubation Period 55-75 days
    Reproductive Age Male: Around 10 years of age
    Female: Around 6 years of age
    Average Lifespan 20 to 40 years or more
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on November 23rd 2016 by under Crocodiles,Crocodilians. Article was last reviewed on 4th April 2019.

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