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Crocodile skeleton on display in Dangmal Museum

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Kendrapada, Dec 5 (UNI) The skeleton of a giant 20-ft-long male salt water crocodile, found inside the Bhitarkanika National Park last year, has been displayed at Dangamal Crocodile Research Centre.

The forest officials have preserved the skeleton of one of the largest crocodile at the Interpretation Centre of Dangamal Crocodile Breeding and Research centre at Bhitarkanika to attract more tourists, Rajnagar Mangrove Forest Wildlife division officer A K Jena has said.

Mr Jena said the dead crocodile was traced by the forest officials near Kalibhanjadiha forest Bit under Bhitarkanika National Park.

''After the autopsy of the reptile it was decided to be preserve the skeleton for display,''he said.

''This giant skeleton would certainly help researchers and scientists to know more about the nature, behaviour, habitat and history of the salt water crocodiles at Bhitarkanika,'' Mr Jena added.

Bhitarkanika officials have claimed the national park had about 1454 salt water crocodiles during 2006 annual census with at least five crocodiles which are about 20 feet long.

The Park had also grabbed a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's largest crocodile measuring about 23 feet long.

These Estuarine repitles, who were on the verge of extinction in the south Indian states, were abundantly found in the creeks, rivers, and inlets in Bhitarkanika.

The mangrove eco-system at Bhitarkanika, the second largest after Sunderbans, harbours the largest population of the endangered salt water crocodiles including the rare white salt water crocodiles.

Favorable food chain, brackish water and congenial atmosphere in Bhitarkanika had helped the population of these reptiles to flourish in the past three decades, Mr Jena said.

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