Despite being one of the larger species of crocodilian (specimens of over 23 feet have been recorded) and possessing a narrow snout filled with 102 needle-like teeth, gharial are extremely shy and secretive. They are perfectly adapted to life in fast-moving rivers, having powerful, fully webbed rear feet and a long slender tail. These adaptations make them extremely slow and lumbering on land. Their legs are so short that the animal has to resort to dragging itself across the land rather than walking. Because of this, gharials rarely leave the water, except to lay eggs and occasionally bask at the shore's edge. A fact that made Marc's spotting of one such a rarity.