The Indian Gharial (gavialis gangeticus), also called the gavial, is a crocodilian with a long, narrow snout. It was once found in rivers throughout northern India, but now only approximately 1,500 survive in a wild population. This is because of habitat destruction and being hunted for meat and skin. The gharial's eggs and body parts are also prized for use in traditional medicine. Conservation and captive-breeding programmes have helped somewhat. Over 3,000 animals have been released back into the wild.
This is one of the largest crocodilians, reaching up to 6 metres occasionally and weighing over 1000kg. These crocodilians however, are piscivores meaning that they primarily eat fish. This is because of their long elongated and relatively weak snout that is not suited to grabbing large, struggling prey like mammals. As a result this is a relatively safe crocodilians to approach as long as you do not disturb or harm it it will leave you lone but this is no reason to become complacent as they have nearly a hundred long needle sharp teeth and they still have a vicious bite so should be treated with some caution. This
species has never killed a human because they are usually a shy species that would rather swim off than attack as more aggressive crocodilians like the nile and cuban crocodile.
In fact this is one of the most aquatic of all crocodilians, spending its entire life in water and only coming out to lay its eggs and to bask. This species lives alongside the mugger crocodile (crocodylus palustris) successfully because they occupy 2 different ecological niches and have different types off food whereas the gharial tends to go for fish-the mugger prefers larger prey like bovines.