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200 Crocodiles Live in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan Province

Tehran , 2 April 2008 (CHN) -- According to the latest census, number of the Gandos in the Sistan-Baluchestan Province in the south-eastern Iran reached to 200. Gando is a short-muzzle crocodile and is one of the in-danger reptile species of Iran.

The reptile, called Gando by locals, is smaller and has a more delicate skin than other crocodile species.

According to Parviz Aryamanesh, Director of provincial Department of Environment, it is the first time that complete statistics have been asembled on Gandos.

"Thanks to recent rainfalls in Sistan-Baluchestan which filled up local rivers and ponds, the habitat of this short-muzzle crocodile has been revived," said Aryamanesh.

Gando which is indigenous to Sarbaz, Bahou Kalat, Kajou and Pishin lakes in Sistan-Baluchestan province, has been pushed to the brink of extinction over the past years.

The scientific name of the species is crocodylus palustris and belongs to the crocodylidae family.

Gando starts reproduction naturally and without human intervention late in March and continues it to mid May. It takes 65 days for the young animal to hatch.

The crocodile depends on accessible resources for feeding. The big reptile hunts fishes, birds and mammals near lakes during nighttime.

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