The gharial is a type of crocodile with a unique body. You can get these unique animals in the following coloring pages below. You can use these pictures to introduce gharial to your child.
The Ganges gharial is one of the largest species of crocodilians after the marine crocodile. An adult male can reach 5 m in length and sometimes approach 6 m in range.
Printable Gharial Coloring Pages
One of the characteristics of the Ganges gharial is its elongated and narrow snout, which is only found in the Malayan false gharial.
The variation in the shape of the snout occurs with age, becoming proportionally longer and thinner as it grows.
This multi-functional bulb serves as a vocal resonator with which the gharial can produce a buzzing sound during social behavior, a visual stimulus for females during courtship, and can aid in the production of bubbles also during courtship.
The jaw is particularly narrow and elongated, with 29 teeth on each side of the upper jaw and 26 teeth on each side of the lower jaw. Its jaw is perfectly adapted to ichthyophagous feeding.
This gharial is ill-equipped for travel on land. Its leg muscles do not allow it to lift its body as other crocodilians do. However, it is very agile in the water thanks to its well-developed tail, which is flattened laterally and used for propulsion.
The gharial is found in northern India and Nepal. Historically, it was also found in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, and Myanmar, but has now disappeared from these regions.
The remaining populations living in India live in the Chambal, Gitwa, Son River, and Mahanadi rivers. Originally it was also found in the basins of the Ganges, Indus, Brahmaputra, and Mahânadî rivers.
The Ganges gharial lives in the calm, deep and fast zones of the rivers. It can be observed around sandbanks during the dry season, making them vulnerable to disturbance.
This gharial spends most of its time in the water, only coming ashore to bask in the sun and to breed.
The Ganges gharial is a mainly fish-eating crocodilian that feeds on aquatic animals. The young feed on invertebrates such as insects or small vertebrates such as frogs.
Adults are almost exclusively fish eaters. Thin jaws are precision instruments capable of skillfully manipulating fish into a position to swallow them.
Its very long jaws are equipped with sharp, pointed teeth that enable it to hold its slippery prey (fish, amphibians, crustaceans) firmly in place.