Take a wild guess at what dwells in the mangroves of Chorao island in Goa
The little island of Chorao, in North Goa, is known for the dense mangroves which border the Mandovi river, and which are inhabited by a diverse group of bird, animal and plant species, some of which are ...
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | PHOTO: Rohan Fernandes
GREAT CRESTED TERN
The great crested tern (Thalasseus bergii), also called swift tern, is a tropical bird which is a resident of this mangrove.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | great crested tern
WHITE THROATED KINGFISHER
With its vivid colours, the white throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis) is another resident of Chorao’s mangroves.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | kingfisher
BENGAL MONITOR LIZARD
The Bengal monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis) is a large lizard, commonly found in the Indian subcontinent.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | Bengal monitor lizard
SMOOTH COATED OTTER
The smooth coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata) has been listed as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List of threatened species since 1996.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | smooth coated otter
DOG FACED SEA SNAKE
The dog faced sea snake (Cerberus rynchops) is a mildly venomous species found in these dense mangroves.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | dog faced sea snak
The aggressive mud crab (Scylla serrate) lives in burrows among the roots at the base of mangrove trees.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | mud crab
Mudskippers (Boleophthalmus dussumieri) are often mistaken for frogs or snakes.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | Mudskippers
Mangrove clam (Polymesoda erosa) are widely found in tropical and subtropical mangrove forests.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | Mangrove clam
The mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) gets the name ‘Mugger’ from a corruption of the Hindi word, magar, which means ‘water monster’.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | crocodile
The common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) is one of many migratory birds found in Chorao’s mangroves.
Mangroves | Chorao | Goa | common sandpiper
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