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|India has three species of crocodiles. Most common is the Mugger, for some reason also called the Marsh Crocodile though it inhabits, not marshes, but rivers and deep water spreads. Second is the Estuarine Crocodile that favors saline waters across the coast and is the most powerful and aggressive of the three. The third is the uniquely Indian Gharial, the fish eating crocodile. Muggers were once very common in Indian rivers. Due to human persecution it is now restricted to only some sanctuaries. Estuarine Crocs are rarely seen now a days.Both Mugger and Estuariane croc occasionally prey on humans. Gharials were plenty at one time in rivers like Ganga. It reached the brink of extinction in the 1970s.But now with the efforts of conservationists has crossed the dangerous period.All the three finds place in IUCN's most endangered species.|
This photograph of muggers was taken at Parambikkulam Tiger Reserve,Kerala,,India.
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