Foreword. Preface. Introduction. I. Biology: 1. Distinctive characteristics. 2. Morphology. 3. Scalation. 4. Osteology. 5. Reproductive organs. II. Breeding ecology: 1. Courtship and mating. 2. Nesting. 3. Incubation. 4. Harchlings and care for the young. 5. Role of temperature in sex determination. III. Economic importance. IV. Causes of Decline. V. Status and distribution of Indian crocodiles. VI. Status and distribution of crocodiles in the world: 1. Conservation and management. 2. Crocodile farming in India. 3. Crocodile farming around the world. 4. Legislation and protection. 5. International trade restrictions. 6. World conservation strategy. References. Publications on Indian crocodiles by the 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 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.