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A Handbook of Indian Crocodiles

Madireddi V Subba Rao (Author)

In all, 25 species of crocodiles are present in the world, of which 3 species represent in India, viz., Gavialis gangeticus (Gharial), Crocodilus porosus (Saltwater crocodile), and Crocodilus palustris (Mugger crocodile).

The population of crocodiles has dwindled because of their exploitation at alarming rates. Their commercially valuable skin, meat, eggs and oil made them vulnerable. Fear of spoiling the nets and vast consumption of fish, have made them enemies of fishermen. But with their protection under Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and special projects launched for their management and conservation enabled to protect them. Establishment of sanctuaries and special captive breeding centers at various places, their populations have now been restored in some places.

The book introduces the types of Indian crocodiles, their habits, biology, breeding, economic importance, status and distribution, their management and conservation and steps taken for their protection throughout the World and are presented in different chapters.

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About the author

Madireddi V Subba Rao

Madireddi V. Subba Rao got his M.Sc. Zoology with 1st class and 1st Rank in 1963 from Agra University, Agra and awarded Ph.D. in 1968, from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. He was Post-Doctoral research fellow at Creedmoor State Hospital, Queens, New York, U.S.A. in 1969 and D.Sc. (IOU, Sri Lanka) in 1997.

He was Visiting Professor in Biology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, L.T., New York, U.S.A. (1969). He was a Professor and Head of the Department of Environmental Sciences, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India. Now he is a President in Environmental Research Academy (EnRA) International.

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Bibliographic information

Title A Handbook of Indian Crocodiles
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.07.2011
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788176467780
length x+93p., Illustrations; Figures; Maps; 23cm.