State with three crocodile species

State with three crocodile species : Odisha’s Mahanadi emerges with these species

Two minute reads :

Odisha has become the only Indian state to have three kinds of crocodile species in its Mahanadi River.

The three kinds include :
  • Saltwater crocodiles
  • Mugger
  • Freshwater Ghadials

Important points :

  • Reptile freshwater ghadials are also an endangered species.
  • Gharials were granted full protection by law and listed in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
  • Gharial eggs need incubation for 70 days, and the hatchlings stay with their mothers for several weeks or even months.
  • For the first time since they were introduced in its rivers back in 1975, Odisha has seen the natural nesting of Ghadials, a critically endangered species.
  • All the original ghadials introduced over the years in Odisha are dead now.
  • As many as 28 hatchlings were spotted towards the end of May in the Mahanadi, in the Baladamara area near the Satkosia range.
  • Odisha introduced 13 more Gharials over the past three years in the Mahanadi.
  • Only eight survived.
Also read : Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, 7th National Park
State with three crocodile species
State with three crocodile species

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