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gha·ri·al

 (gŭr′ē-əl)
n.
A crocodilian reptile (Gavialis gangeticus) of South Asian rivers, having a long slender snout that in mature males has a bulbous growth at the tip. Also called gavial.

gharial

(ˈɡærɪəl)
n
(Animals) another name for gavial

ga•vi•al

(ˈgeɪ vi əl)

n.
a large crocodilian, Gavialis gangeticus, of India and Pakistan, having elongated jaws. Also called gharial.
[1815–25; < French < Hindi ghariyāl]
ga′vi•al•oid`, adj.
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Sunda gharials are native to lowland swamps in South East Asia, where their numbers are diminishing due to habitat loss and hunting.
Sunda gharials are native to lowland swamps in South East Asia where their numbers are diminishing due to habitat loss and hunting.
A senior official of Chambal wildlife division said: " At a meeting, when we said 250 m was nothing, they said your gharials are not going to fly from waters in that distance.
In recent weeks, Zoo staff has welcomed the first-ever births of critically endangered false gharials at Audubon.
His picture, entitled Mother's Little Headful, was captured while camping near a nesting colony of gharials on the banks of the Chambal River.
Indian schoolboy Udayan Rao Pawar was just 14 when he took this fascinating picture of crocodile–like gharials, a threatened species, near his home.
On account of the species' extremely different jaw shapes, the researchers are convinced that the different crocodilians were highly specialized feeders: With their pointed, slender snouts, the fossil gharials must have preyed on fish.
As you head further upstream, you can spot marsh crocodiles and gharials casually sunbathing on the sandy banks.
It is chock full of information about some of the planets animals which are now at risk - from polar bears and elephants to the albatross and the gharials (looks like a rather odd alligator).
She describes the anatomy, mating behavior, and predatory techniques of crocodiles and their close relatives, alligators and gharials.
Two of the six crocodiles were identified as Tomistoma schlegelii and one of these false gharials was captured, examined and measured, marked and released.