Volume No. 10 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 311-318 October-December 2015

 

POPULATION STATUS, HABITAT UTILIZATION AND DISTRIBUTION OF MARSH CROCODILE Crocodylus palustris IN THE MADHAV NATIONAL PARK, SHIVPURI, MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA

 

Arya M., Rao R. J. and Mishra A. K.

1. Department of Zoology, Government K.R.G. P.G. (Auto.) College, Gwalior, M.P. (INDIA) 2. Conservation Biology Unit, SOS in Zoology, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, M.P. (INDIA) 3. Department of Zoology, Government S.M.S.P.G. College, Shivpuri, M.P. (INDIA)

 

Received on : June 10, 2015

 

ABSTRACT

 

Present study was conducted in the Madhav National Park, Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, India. Sakhya Sagar Lake and Madhav Lake located inside the park was selected for the study of marsh crocodile. Both the lakes provide promising habitat for mugger. Direct visual count method (basking and swimming observation), night census method and indirect method (through different signs) were used for recording numbers and approximate size of the mugger. During 2006-07 a total of 36 muggers and during 2007-08 a total of 41 individuals were counted in Sakhya Sagar Lake. In Madhav Lake 03 muggers were observed during both the study years. Population status, habitat preferred by muggers and distribution of muggers in different locations were recorded. Nests and hatchlings of marsh crocodile were also recorded during the survey.

 

Keywords : Sakhya Sagar Lake, Madhav Lake, Crocodylus palustris, Population status, Habitat, Distribution

 

 

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