Yes, this short documentary will explore the strongest side and the weakest side of False Gharial.
“False” Gharial may make you wonder if there is a “True” Gharial.
Who is False Gharial?
False Gharial also known as Malayan Gharial. It is a freshwater reptile that looks like a crocodile. They belong to the crocodilian order which also includes alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials. It has a very thin and long snout, like that of Gharial, the “true” Gharial, found around the northern Indian subcontinent. Nevertheless, False Gharial can only be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra and Java.
The False Gharial has one of the slimmest snouts of any living crocodile. Generally, it looks slimmer than other crocodilians too. Due to that, most people thought False Gharial is weakest among the same order. If you are one of them, you are wrong.
The strongest side
The False Gharial can be a huge crocodile. A male False Gharial can grow up to 5 meters in length, while a female can grow up to 4 meters. The False Gharial also appears to have the largest skull compared to any existing crocodilian.
If you think their slim snout look weak and would not launch a good attack, you are wrong again. With 76 to 84 long, needle-like teeth, their snout can provide a very powerful bite, which can crush your bone instantly. Luckily, human is not so much of their food of choice.
Some 6.4 meters monstrous specimens documented weight up to 1500 pounds, making them some of the heaviest reptiles on Earth after saltwater crocodile, which can weigh more than 1 ton or about 2000 pounds.
They win this category too!
Their eggs are the largest among crocodilians. Each elliptical egg measures around 70 x 100 mm and is more than 3x the weight of a chicken egg.
The weakest side
False Gharial’s legs are weak. They can’t lift their belly off the ground. Therefore, they may not have an agile movement. Nevertheless, they still can move very fast.
In the wild, the female will abandon her nest after the eggs are laid and the construction of the mound is completed. With this, the young are at risk of being eaten by predators.
In the face of human
In the presence of humans, this powerful creature does not stand a chance to live well in the wild. It is believed that there are less than 2500 adults False Gharial in the wild. Habitat destruction is the main contributor to their disappearance. Although they look very scary to us, they keep the ecosystem in check. We can’t afford to lose them.