This section gives you details about the various species of crocodiles spotted in the region.
English Name : Gharial Scientific Name : Gavialis gangeticus Family : Gavialidae Tamil Name: Gadial Muthalai Description: It is easily distinguished from other crocodiles by the long snout which ends in a bulbous tip. Adult males have a large cartilaginous tissue on the tip of the snout hence the name gharial (ghara = pot). Adults […]
English Name: Mugger or Marsh Crocodile ( Scientific Name : Crocodylus palustris Family :Crocodylidae Tamil Name : Muthalai Description:: Snout broad and in the field marsh and estuarine crocodile are difficult to distinguish but they do not occur together. It is olive brown with speckles of black which are more evident in young. […]
English Name :Estuarine or Salt Water Crocodile Scientific Name :Crocodylus porosus Family : Crocodylidae Tamil Nmae : Kadal mudalai Description: It is probably one of the largest of the present day reptiles. It looks similar to the fresh water living Marsh crocodile but is distinguished by their distribution when salt water crocodile is found in […]