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Indian crocodiles die of cirrhosis of the liver

December 17 2007

At least 26 species of crocodiles, which are threatened with extinction, found dead over the past three days in northern India. An autopsy confirmed the cause of death was cirrhosis of crocodiles.

Reptiles perished in the waters of the river Chambal, which flows along the border of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and the central state of Madhya Pradesh. This watershed is a natural habitat for this species of crocodiles, so scientists are wondering what caused cirrhosis of the reptiles.

According to officials, is unlikely to cause of cirrhosis was poisoned, because the fish in the river did not die, scientists are going to test water for presence of harmful toxins to the liver. Cirrhosis is accompanied by destruction of liver tissue, which causes a disturbance of this vital organ, according to .

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