VISIT TO THE CROCODILE BANK
The Madras Crocodile Bank is one of the largest reptile zoos in the world. It was started on 26 August 1976 by herpetologist Romulus Whitaker. Crocodile Enrichment is a key activity here. The first species on display is a Mexican Giant Musk Turtle. It is a species of turtle in the Kinosternidae family which is found in Central America and Mexico. The small roofed turtle was next on display. It is a species of turtle in the Geoemydidae family. It is found in the major rivers of South Asia. The Travancore tortoises were kept in a tank. It is a large forest tortoise growing up to 330 millimetres in length. It primarily feeds on grasses and herbs. It also feeds on molluscs, insects, animal carcass, fungi and fruits. The painted roof turtles are a species of turtle endemic to South Asia. It was the type species of its former genus Batagur Kachuga. It is herbivorous and feeds on aquatic vegetation and has become endangered due to hunting for meat. The crowned river turtle is commonly found in the northern parts of India and Bangladesh. This species has a shell with a large, moderately flat, dark brown or black carapace and a yellow or black plastron. The shell is up to 18 inches in length in females, and is shorter in males. The lower jaw is heavily dented. It eats only aquatic plants. There was a Green Anaconda on display in the room of the aquatic reptiles. It is a nonvenomous boa species found in South America. It is the heaviest known snake species. The term anaconda often refers to this species, though the term could also apply to other members of the genus Eunectes. Its name is derived from the word Eunectes murinus where in Greek Eunectes means good swimmer and munris in Latin stands for preying on mice. The temple turtle also known as Black marsh turtle is a Southeast Asian geoemydid turtle species which is also known as the Siamese temple turtle and are kept in Buddhist temples. It is believed in Burma that by bringing temple...
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