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    By Emma-Louise Nicholls, on 5 December 2013





    Oh you bizarre gharial you, how I love your features

    With the thinnest (relative) snout, of the Animal Kingdom’s creatures

    One of the largest species, of all the world’s croc-kind

    You’re really quite unique, when all your features are combined

    Your legs so weak and measly, can’t get your body off the ground

    And your only real defence, is a puny hissss-ing sound

    Though your snout is lined with teeth, it’s their thin needle-shape

    That makes me think it wouldn’t be hard to make a great escape

    In rivers you’re like a fish, but you’re cumbersome on land

    So when the dry season comes, you just lie there on the sand

    But as with other crocs*, your parental urge is keen

    You dig out all your hatchlings, so now- I don’t want to demean

    As you’d take them all to water, where they’re safer and can swim

    But you just can’t pick them up, coz your snout’s so crazy thin

    And yet your skull (here featured), is my favourite in our collections

    Though I think it’s your HUGE size, that won over my affections


    *Short for crocodilians (which includes the gharials), not crocodiles (which does not).


    Emma-Louise Nicholls is the Curatorial Assistant at the Grant Museum of Zoology


    4 Responses to “Oh bizarre gharial”

    • 1
      Marette Hickford wrote on 5 December 2013:

      I liked the poem but most people will call crocodiles ‘crocs’ for short!

    • 2
      Emma-Louise Nicholls wrote on 9 December 2013:

      Indeed we do, hence my little explanation 😉
      Ahh, the problems of fitting things into verse!

    • 3
      Lorna Steel wrote on 14 January 2014:

      Cool! I think you could have fitted ‘crocodilians’ into that line without any serious damage to the verse. Wait ’til you see my new croc(odile) tattoo. Can I post a photo here?

    • 4
      Emma-Louise Nicholls wrote on 14 January 2014:

      Of course! (Unless it’s explicit ;-D) Glad you enjoyed the poem, the ‘croc’ shortening was a tough call!