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The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae that is native to the Indian subcontinent and also called gavial and fish-eating crocodile. As the species has undergone both chronic long term and a rapid short-term declines it is listed as a Critically Endangered by IUCN. The gharial is one of three crocodilians native to the Indian sub-continent, apart from the mugger crocodile and the saltwater crocodile. It is one of the longest of all living crocodilians. This species is being re-introduced into the wild by hatching them in pens in Chitwan National Park in Nepal. .The Nepali word ???? gha?? means earthenware pot, pitcher, watervessel. The Hindi word ???? gha?? means pitcher, water-pot.
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