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False gharial

False gharial
Tomistoma schelgelii / False gharial

False gharial
Habitat
swampy rainforests with rivers and lakes
Continent
Asia
Food
Fish, but also other vertebrates; as juvenile also invertebrates
Gestation/breeding period
72 - 90 days
Mode of life
Solitary
Class
Reptiles
Order
Crocodilia

Key facts

~ 6 m
size

~ 300 kg
weight

~ 60 years
age

How endangered are False gharials?

by IUCN (Red List of Threatened Species)

  • Not evaluated
  • Data deficient
  • Least concern
  • Near threatened
  • False gharial
    Vulnerable
    Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically endangered
  • Extinct in the wild
  • Extinct

Did you know?

False gharials lay the largest eggs of all crocodiles at 7.5 centimetres.

Animal keeper hangouts and feeding times


(Prof. Brandes House)

daily
3:30 pm
feeding without commentary


False gharial on the zoo tour

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