(Picture by Matti Aumala)
    The gargant (which can weigh up to 1.2 metric tons) is the largest of the hoplocrocs.  The most massive animal on Madagascar, adult gargants have little need for their armor, as protection.  Instead, their chain-mail of bony scutes functions rather like a girdle, keeping these herbivores' massive digestion system of from splitting their bellies open at the seams.

    Adult gargants have no natural predators, but as young, they are preyed upon by the larger species of croclion and by rukhs, which swoop down upon gargant herds to seize their young in hooked talons.

(Text by Daniel Bensen)
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