Breeding of crocodile affected after lone male dies

20th Jun, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

CHITWAN, June 20: The reproduction process of the crocodile in Rapti and Narayani rivers has been affected as the lone male dies.

The crocodile, supposedly the only male in the rivers, was killed a month ago at Sheri of Nawalparasi district after it fell into a trap.

Of the 198 crocodiles across the country, as high as 166 crocodiles were counted in Rapti and Narayani rivers during a census carried out in 2016.

Assistant Conservation Officer of the Chitwan National Park Bed Bahadur Khadka said that 90 crocodiles have been left into the rivers in the current fiscal year.

No male crocodile has been found since last winter since a male crocodile was found in Triveni. It is said that sex identification of a crocodile takes place during the age of 15 to 20 years.

The officials said that there is also only one male crocodile in the Breeding Centre, Kasara. Khadka said that there are some 25 female crocodiles of reproductive age in the two rivers.

Khadka claimed that the recently dead male crocodile was used for the breeding of 25 crocodiles since 2010 adding that crisis of the male crocodile has occurred after the death of the 30-year-old one.

According to Khadka situation has emerged to import the male crocodile from India adding that sex identification of three crocodiles in Babai river in the west supposedly to be male not yet confirmed.

Likewise, Chief Conservation Officer of the National Park, Ram Chandra Kandel, said that new strategy was required for the generation expansion of the crocodile adding that conservation of the endangered species has become a challenging job.