Caiman Yacare: Characteristics:
- Range: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia.
- Habitat: Savannas, swamps, large rivers and lakes.
- Reproduction: 25-30 eggs laid in mound nest.
- Grows up to: 2.5 meter. (8 feet)
- Diet: Insects, crab and fish.
Large Gharial: There was a board near this huge Gharial with the title: The Madras Crocodile Bank presents the first ever under water Gharial exhibit in the country.
Several species of fish can be seen in the under water exhibit. Some interact with the large Gharial which is the Gharial’s only diet. However, as this particular Gharial is fed at regular intervals the fish play a role in controlling algae growth on the Gharial rather than becoming part of their next meal. After experiencing this new dimensions of watching Gharial at the Madras crocodile bank you will be able to say that you came face to face with a huge Gharial. As water is the natural element of crocodilians, you are viewing them in their own world, a chance to pry into the secretive under water lives of Gharial!
Video of Large Gharial:
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus):
- Habitat: Wide variety of fresh water habitats. Also, often found in coastal water.
- Reproduction: Up to 80 eggs laid in whole nest.
- Grows to: Over 5 meter (16 feet)
- Diet in the wild: Juveniles eat insects, frogs and small reptiles. Older nile crocodiles eat mainly fish. The largest individuals eat antelopes, zebra, etc.
Photos of Nile Crocodile: