Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department,

Government of Uttar Pradesh, India

Shri. Yogi Adityanath

Hon'ble Chief Minister,Uttar Pradesh

Shri. Dara Singh Chauhan

Hon'ble Minister,Forest Department

Gharial of Katerniaghat

Gharial of Katerniaghat

The Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) is easily distinguished from other crocodiles , for it has a long and narrow snout with a bulbous like swelling around the nostrils used for communication .Males generally have these bulging swelling, which look like a pot ( or Ghara in hindi ) hence the name. The Gharial, primarily a fish eater occasionally also feeds on urtles and other small animals . Today Gharial is a critically endangered species and the Girwa River, with its sand bars, provides the perfect home for the Gharial to bask and breed . From the banks of Girwa one can easily see them basking in the sun.