Madras Crocodile Bank Visit: Salt Water Crocodiles and Gharials

Did you checkĀ out the Muggers and the American Alligator? Eager for more? Here goes:

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A Salt Water Crocodile surfaces for a breather and look-around. It does seem in a ‘rolling eyes’ mood, no?

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And here is the ‘snorty’ look that says it allā€”a disgruntled crocodile about fed up with all the attention. “And don’t you go judging my ‘algaed’ teeth. Your standards don’t apply to my sort, got it?,” is the parting shot from this majestic specimen. Thanks for your time, dear!Ā IMG_0865.jpg

A quick turning away and in moments, a disgusted tail wasĀ all that was visible.

PresentingĀ Jaws, the massive Salt Water Crocodile and the STAR attraction here:

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“Got some idea about my size?,” asks Jaws, as it pops its head out of its lonely sanctuary.

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“That’s about my entire length. Impressive, eh?”

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And now for the Gharials, the delicate darlingsā€”their long snouts break easily. The Madras Croc Bank literally brought back the Gharial from extinction to thriving status.

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This gharial, enjoying an algae mask, has lost part of its long snout. Look carefully and you will see. Here it is safe and well-cared for.

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I got a perfect front view as a Gharial approached.

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What a sweet expression! These creatures are shy andĀ far from aggressive. And here’s something about their elongated jaws.

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“I am also known as the false Gharial, my long snout is deceptive to untrained eyes,” lectures this Tomistoma. I too mistook it for a Gharial.

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