Alligators vs. Crocodiles

The American Alligator is a big reptile that is actually not as aggressive as the Crocodile, although they can still be dangerous.  Alligator teeth don’t show, but the Crocodile’s teeth show.  The head of a Crocodile is longer and narrower while an Alligator’s head is larger and rounded.  Alligator feet are not webbed like Crocodile feet.  Alligators can weigh up to 1,000 lbs and can grow up to 10-19 ft.  Adult male gators are usually bigger than female gators.  A Crocodile can grow up to 19 feet and 2 inches.  The Crocodile can weigh up to 1,100 lbs.  The habitat of the American Alligator is swamp lands in the U.S. or southern Florida.   Crocodiles normally live near rivers and lakes and can live in southern Florida, tropical places in Africa, Asia, and Australia.  I like the Crocodile the best because  they just look cool.  Which one do you like? The Crocodile or the Alligator?



One thought on “Alligators vs. Crocodiles

  1. Hey, thanks for all that good info on Crocodiles and American Alligators! It seems like they are about the same size and look really similar too. Is the quickest way to tell them apart (assuming you’re in southern Florida, for example, where you could see either of them) whether the teeth are visible or not when mouth is closed? Or is the shape of their head and snout the best way? Are their colors any different? If you’re a fish or bird they’re having for lunch, I guess it doesn’t really matter if it is a Croc or a Gator–you’re a quick snack!


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