Q. Consider the following statements:
1.Gharials can live in both freshwater and saltwater environments.
2.Gharials are found only in India and Nepal.
3.Gharials are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
How many of the statements given above are correct?

[A] Only one

[B] Only two

[C] All three

[D] None

Answer: B
Notes:

Explanation –

Statement 1 is incorrect. Gharials are freshwater reptiles and cannot live in saltwater environments. Unlike crocodiles, which can live in both freshwater and saltwater environments, gharials are restricted to freshwater habitats.

Statements 2 and 3 are correct. Gharials currently survive only in the waters of India and Nepal. Gharials are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to various threats to their habitat and population.

Source: The Hindu

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