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Giant Gharial

A giant gharial in its nonnative range in the Canary Islands.

The giant gharial is the largest of the crocodile-like reptiles on Earth, being about 58 feet long and weighing 15.7 tons when fully grown. They are native to much of Brazil and Africa, but has since established nonnative ranges across the Canary Islands of Europe/Africa. They fill the similar niche to both giant alligators and true gharials, being predators that hunt animals as large as sauropods (both modern ones like American giraffe beasts and Asian giraffe beasts and prehistoric ones like Argentinosaurus, etc) and feed on fish including sharks and relatives, as well as bony fishes. just like giant alligators, the early ancestors of giant gharials survived extinction and adapted to prey also on large land mammals, not just sauropods or ornithopods.
Giant Gharial
  • Domain: Eukarya
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Clade: Neosuchia
  • Suborder: Tethysuchia
  • Family: Pholidosauridae
  • Genus: Sarcosuchus
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