Q. Which of the following place is known for “Salt water crocodile”?

[A] Gulf of Mannar

[B] Bhitarkanika

[C] Chilika Lake

[D] Kolleru Lake

Answer: B

Crocodiles are ambush hunters and apex predator of river systems of the India.  

  • There are three crocodilians species found in India, Mugger crocodile, the Gharial and the Saltwater Crocodile.  
  • Mugger crocodile and the gharial are found throughout the Indian subcontinent and they are ambush hunters, mostly prey on fish, reptiles, birds and mammals.  
  • Saltwater Crocodiles are the largest species of crocodilians family and largest of all living reptiles in the world.  
  • The apex predator found in saline and brackish mangrove swamp forest of Bhitarkanika and Sunderbans.  
  • Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapara district of Odisha is a separates swamp region and mangroves forest.  
  • The park is home to largest Saltwater Crocodiles in India and many other species of reptiles such as White Crocodile, Indian Python and King Cobra. 

Source: The Hindu