Head to tail length averages 3.5 m
Freshwater rivers, lakes, marshes and man-made bodies of water in Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
The crocodile is the very definition of tough. Larger adult marsh crocodiles can take down prey as large as deer or buffalo. And they have developed an arsenal of survival strategies: from burrowing for shelter in the dry season to carrying hatchlings to the water in their mouths. In need, they can walk several kilometers to better habitat. In typically undaunted fashion, they are even adapting to man-made bodies of water. The toothy reptiles face many serious threats, not least of which is human's fondness for their skins. Crocodile habitat and food sources are also rapidly vanishing due to development and damming.