Wednesday, 18 March, 2020

A 70 year old woman named Jawarban was attacked by a mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) along the Dev River at Goraj village. The woman was apparently washing clothes along shore when the crocodile dragged her into the river. She was eventually rescued by people nearby but later died in the hospital due to her injuries. The incident was filmed and widely circulated online.

Location data

Latitude: 22.335794000000
Longitude: 73.481635000000

Incident details

Outcome: Fatal
Victim Age: 70
Sex: Female
Activity Detail: Washing clothes along bank
Witnessed: Yes
Overall Quality of Report
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Date of Incident Date Precision
2020-03-18 Precise
Species Certainty
Mugger Crocodile Certain
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About the crocodilian

Mugger Crocodile

The mugger crocodile is a medium-large sized species capable of reaching over 4 m (13 ft) in length. The current distribution of the species consists primarily of the Indian subcontinent (India and Sri Lanka being the current strongholds), as well as some adjoining areas; the species may have been more widely distributed in historic times. Mugger crocodiles prefer freshwater river, lake and marsh habitat, but they are a highly adaptable species that can also be found in man-made reservoirs, estuaries and even irrigation canals. The diet of the species is size dependent and its unusually broad-snout (the broadest of any crocodile species) allows for a more generalized selection of prey. Juveniles are restricted primarily to invertebrates and small fish, while adults may prey upon larger fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals such as deer, monkeys and even buffalo. Mugger crocodiles kill a handful of humans ever year, but the species does not appear to view humans as a prey item in the same way that the saltwater crocodile and Nile crocodile do. Current threats to the species include drought (particularly in Iran) and human population pressure. 

Estimated Wild Population: 5,000-10,000

Conservation Status: Vulnerable.

Crocodylus palustris

About this record

Last Updated Contributor Incident Link Node Item GUID FKID
2020-03-23 05:09 Jigar Upadhyay & Brandon Sideleau 100-7853 7853