Gharial Snakes in Jim Corbett National Park

Reptiles in Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett has two of India’s three crocodilian species. Jim Corbett National Park is considered to be one of best National Park in India to see Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), one of largest and most endangered crcodilians in world. Gavialis gangeticus Gharial is found only in Indian subcontinent. It gets its name from ‘Ghara’ or Pot like structure on its snout, but that is present only in males. The gharial’s slender snout is adapted to eat fish so it does not attack humans or larger mammals. Young gharials may eat invertebrates and insects.

Jim Corbett National Park host more than 400 gharials in Ramganga and can be seen swimming in its deep pools or basking in the sun on its banks. These were released as part of conservation programme for gharials. Though they been saved from extinction, gharials are still critically endangered. The main threats are – loss of habitat (fast-flowing rivers) and nesting sites (sandbanks) due to construction of dams and barrages which changes the flowage of water and exploitation of fish by humans (depletion of prey species).

The still waters of Corbett, especially the Ramganga reservoir, are home to the Mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris). Muggers are more general carnivores and take variety of animals as food. Muggers are also found in Nakatal, Corbett’s only lake. Winters are not best time to notch up an impressive list of reptiles in Jim Corbett National Park, but nevertheless most impressive species of snake were noted, along with both species of crocodile.

Jim Corbett can easily be reached for Reptile Tours, wildlife safaris & photography Tours from Pune, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Ahmedabad and other parts of the Country like Chandigarh, Gurugram, Chennai, Amaravati Telangana, Jaipur, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar and Noida at affordable costs, gives you value to your money. Book this short yet exciting Photography package to Jim Corbett National Park to enjoy an adventurous journey through one of India’s most renowned national parks, and that too, at extremely affordable price. Call on  +91 9719251197 or write on corbettpark@gmail.com.irds of the Jim Corbett National Park can be divided into the following 6 categories.

Garial Crocodile: This long-snouted fish-eater was seen at Dhikala in Jim Corbett National Park, where several Garial are seen sunning on opposite side of lake to camp. Mugger Crocodile: Small numbers were seen in at Corbett corocodile pool.

Crocodile Conservation Project Gharial was reintroduced in Ramganga River- Jim Corbett National Park: The Crocodile Conservation Project was launched in 1976. The main aim of project was to save India’s three endangered crocodilian species, namely the freshwater crocodile, saltwater crocodile and Gharial. This involved intervention measures like:

Captive breeding of species : Collection of eggs from natural habitat, subsequent hatching and rearing of crocodiles/gharials in captivity to reduce mortality due to natural predators and finally released into wild. The Gharial Rehabilitation Project in Jim Corbett National Park formed a subunit of umbrella Crocodile Conservation Project. Gharial, which had come very close to extinction in 1974. As part of the Gharial Rehabilitation Project, more than 250 gharials were released in Ramganga river in Jim Corbett National Park between 1982 and 1994.

Python : Pythons are non-venomous, very large, slow-moving, nocturnal snakes that kill their prey by strangulating. Burmese Python Python bivittatus is found in foothills of Himalayas and North-east India. It is one of largest snakes in world with females being bigger in size than males. A full-grown adult female can be as big as 19-20 feet long. This snake preys upon birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, mostly during night. Pits located on its snout and upper lip, sense body heat of its prey even in dark and help snake locate its prey.
In jungles of Corbett Landscape, overlooking Vanya River Resorts, Burmese Python killed a full grown female Spotted Deer and swallowed it whole. As snakes are cold-blooded creatures, such prey may take more than a month to digest and snake may survive for up to a year without another meal. Four very large Pythons were seen at Jim Corbett National Park- two at Python Point and two near second checkpoint in Jim Corbett National Park. King Cobra: A two-metre King Cobra was found sunning itself in forest near Jim Corbett National Park.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

We also arrange Angling Tours and Tiger Safari Tour Packages in Jim Corbett National Park for wildlife enthusiasts Birding & Photographic Tours for those who wishes to experience Jungle Stay-during photography workshops one can also learn lessons with them. Yoga & Meditation Camps in Corbett for Adults & Kids, which are conducted by Yogic Teachers. Do write to us on corbettpark@gmail.com or Call on +91 9719251197 for Programs & Costs. The lodge also organise Programs on Detox & Stress Management for Corporate. Vanya River Lodge is Ideal venue in Jim Corbett of Corporate Training in Team Building, Leadership & Communication. There is enough indoor and outdoor spaces to conduct Seminar, Conference, Meetings, Weddings and events in Jim Corbett National Park.

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