Tomistoma Schlegelii also known as the Tomistoma crocodile, is a unique and exotic species of crocodile. It has a similar appearance to the true gharial crocodile (Gavialis gangeticus), but there are distinguishable differences.

False Gharial or Tomistoma is a freshwater reptile with a very thin and long snout. Additionally, it is dark reddish-brown above, featuring dark brown or black spots and crossbands on its back and tail. Native to Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, and Indonesia (Sumatra and Borneo), false gharials thrive in their respective habitats.


⦁ belong to the crocodilian order which also includes alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gharials.
⦁ Tomistomas have between 76 and 84 teeth.
⦁ The tomistoma name is derived from the greek words tomos (meaning "sharp") and stoma (meaning "mouth").
⦁ Like all crocodilians, the gender of their hatchlings is determined by temperature. Warmer temperatures produce males and cooler temperatures produce females.


Tomistomas are opportunistic predators who occasionally snatch monkeys (including crab-eating macaques) from riverbanks and drown or thrash their prey on a riverbank. In addition, they consume fish, birds, turtles, dogs, monitor lizards, wild pigs, mouse deer, otters, and aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates.