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What"s the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

Lisa Bullard

What"s the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

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Published by Picture Window Books in Minneapolis, Minn .
Written in English

  • Alligators -- Juvenile literature,
  • Crocodiles -- Juvenile literature

  • Edition Notes

    Includes index.

    Statementby Lisa Bullard ; illustrated by Bandelin Dacey.
    GenreJuvenile literature
    SeriesWhat"s the difference?
    ContributionsDacey, Bandelin, ill.
    LC ClassificationsQL666.C925 B86 2010
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL23174568M
    ISBN 109781404855472
    LC Control Number2009006887

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What"s the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? by Lisa Bullard Download PDF EPUB FB2

What's the Difference Between an Alligator and a Crocodile. [Bullard, Lisa Marie, Bandelin Dacey Studios] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What's the Difference Between an Alligator and a Crocodile?4/5(1). Alligators and Crocodiles Have Different Snouts One of the main differences between alligators and crocodiles is the snout.

The alligator's is broader and shaped like a U, whereas the crocodile’s is longer and narrower and more V-shaped. Another difference is the shape of the teeth itself, where crocodiles have pointy teeth, alligators’ teeth are rounder.

Color Differences Adult crocodiles are usually tan or brown, while the alligators typically have a color that is dark gray to black. The reason for these differences is found in their chosen habitat. In alligators it’s broad and U-shaped, while in crocodiles it’s narrow and V-shaped.

Next are the teeth. In the case of alligators, the lower teeth are typically not visible when the mouth is shut. In crocodiles, however, some teeth in the bottom jaw appear, most notably the large fourth tooth. Another difference is color. Water: Alligators prefer fresh water, while crocs tend to prefer saltwater or brackish water, which is a combination of saltwater and freshwater.

This is because most crocodiles have glands in their mouths to expel salt from their systems. Alligators do not possess this gland. Upon closer inspection, not recommended out in the wild, you'd spot glaring differences: Snout shape: Alligators have wider, U-shaped snouts, while crocodile front ends are more pointed and.

They will both traverse land if they think there's more food in some direction. THAT said, Alligators are the ones with the narrow tip to their snouts. Crocodiles have wide, almost flatter noses. I forget the rest, but you can thank a childhood full of DK books and Zoobooks for that.

Later in the day, she was talking about animals and asked the difference between an alligator and a crocodile. That reminded me of a poem by humorist Ogden Nash entitled ‘The Purist’: ”.

What's the difference between a crocodile and an alligator. One you'll see in a while and the other you'll see later. Share. Difference between Crocodile and Alligator Comparison between crocodile and alligator This a fight to a better predator Differences are based on the snout, t.

Alligators have more rounded snouts that kind of look like they’re shaped like a “U”, while the crocodile has a Whats the difference between an alligator and a crocodile? book pointed snout that makes more of a “V” shape. An alligator’s lower jaw is a bit smaller than the upper jaw so when its mouth is closed, all you see are its upper teeth.

In terms of physical differences, observing the snout — the mouth and nose — is one of the simplest ways to distinguish between a crocodile and an alligator.

Crocodiles have long, narrow, V-shaped snouts, while those of alligators are wider and U-shaped. These differences are indicative of the type of diet that each species favors. Head Shape. If you get a chance to closely look at these two reptiles, you can see that an alligator has a wide, rounded, U-shaped snout, while a crocodile’s snout is sharper and rather reminds one of a letter V.

Also, crocodiles have wider, shorter heads than their alligator counterparts. In their natural environment, alligators consume large fish, turtles, and large mammals such as bears and dogs.

A saltwater crocodile. Crocodiles are the largest family in the crocodilian order with 14 living species that live throughout most of the tropics. Fortunately, the American alligator has been removed from the list of endangered species, this is due to conservation efforts.

Crocodiles on the other hand, are still in danger at this point. Aside from the information above, also there are other means to know the difference between gators and crocs like the way the teeth are arranged. The main difference between crocodiles and alligators is that they belong to different scientific families, Crocodylidae, and Alligatoridae respectively.

They also differ in their colors; crocodiles are blackish gray in color while alligators are brownish in color. Alligators are more hostile as compared to crocodiles, which is against the usual. At first glance, if you’ve ever seen an alligator or crocodile, they may look very similar.

Both families come from the order Crocodilians or Crocodilia, so. Physical differences between alligators and crocodiles include their skin color, the shapes of their jaws and their teeth placement.

Other differences include their environments and aggressiveness. Alligators usually have darker skin than crocodiles. Alligators have wide, round jaws. Skin: Both alligators and crocodiles have small, pit-like marks in their skin called integumentary sense organs, which act as motion detectors and allow them to feel for prey in muddy water.

These organs, which look like small dots, are only on the alligator’s jaw—but they cover the entirety of a crocodile’s body. Alligators have shorter, broader snouts with more of a ‘U’ shape to them when viewed from above.

A crocodile’s jaws are proportionally longer, slimmer, and with more of a ‘V’ shape. The third is body morphology. Alligators are shorter, chunkier, and more ‘squat’ than crocodiles. Difference between an Alligator and a Crocodile Alligators have shorter head and broader snout that are U-shaped while crocodiles have a V-shaped snout.

Alligators tend to be darker in color, Often their skin are nearly black. Alligators prefer to live in freshwater while Crocodiles are also known to inhabit coastal shores and tidal estuaries.

They may even migrate across the sea. A Newly Discovered Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles. The most obvious way to tell a crocodile, left, from an alligator, is from their snouts: Those of alligators.

The alligator and crocodile are close relatives but distinctive creatures. Along with their obvious physical differences, alligators are found in a few limited places in the U.S.

and China while the crocodile's habitat ranges across North America, to Asia, to Australia, and even Africa. Look at the snout. The easiest way to tell the difference between crocodiles and alligators is to look at their snouts. Alligators have a wide, rounded, "U"-shaped snouts with larger noses, whereas crocodiles have longer, thinner, pointed "V"-shaped snouts and smaller noses%(95).

The first difference between a crocodile and an alligator is that they are from different families of crocodilians. Crocodiles are from the crocodylidae family, while alligators and caiman are.

Crocodile & Alligator Differences. Crocodiles and alligators are both reptiles from the same order of animals, named Crocodylia. There are however a number of important differences which set these apex predators apart. Read on to find out what some of these differences are while enjoying all.

It really depends. The smallest alligator is larger than the smallest crocodile, the largest alligator is smaller than the largest crocodile. The crocodile has more species and a greater size range.

The alligator has less species and a smaller siz. Sep 3, - Alligators and Crocodiles are different colors, live in different environments, and prefer different types of water. Both creatures are reptiles, and they belong to the Crocodilia order. To some people, the two animals appear to be the same; they look alike in many ways.

The truth is that if you look closely, you’ll find visible differences, not to mention the invisible ones 44 pins. Despite being entirely different animals (sharing the order Crocodilia, but not a family), people often wonder about the difference between crocodiles and alligators.

Another distinguishing feature between the crocodile and alligator is their color. Alligators have a more blackish grayish color and crocodiles tend to have a more light tan appearance. In addition, you can tell them apart by their sizes with the crocodiles being the bigger of the two.

Eight Ways to Tell the Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles: The snout. If you look closely, the alligator has a U shaped snout, and the upper jaw is wide, while that of a crocodile is V-shaped and the upper jaw somewhat sharp.

5. Salties are Bigger. One of the main differences between a freshwater crocodile and a saltwater crocodile is size. Freshwater crocodiles are much smaller than saltwater crocodiles, growing to approximately two meters ( feet) in length, with males growing to be three meters (10 feet), and a maximum weight of 90kg (lbs).

An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family two extant species are the American alligator (A. mississippiensis) and the Chinese alligator (A. sinensis).Additionally, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains.

Alligators first appeared during the Oligocene epoch about 37 million years ago. The name "alligator" is probably an. But back to the difference between alligators, crocodiles and the smaller central and South American caiman.

Here are a three “glaring” differences: Snout shape: Alligators have wider, U-shaped snouts, while crocodile front ends are more pointed and V-shaped. Another difference that you can easily make out is the color. Crocodiles are gen lighter in color compared to alligators. Crocodiles are typically grey-brown, olive-grey or tannish-grey and alligators are dark-green or blackish.

The Habitat Since these reptiles are cold-blooded, they prefer warmer climates. Want to see real, wild alligators in Florida. Book your Florida airboat tour now. Placement of teeth.

When looking at an alligator and crocodile from the side, you'll notice that only the alligator's top teeth are visible, while the crocodile's teeth seem almost interlaced among one another.

This is because of their jaw shape and length. Difference between alligators and crocodiles. The crocodiles, alligators, caimans and the gavial make up a group of about twenty reptiles.

They all have the same basic appearance and, like the turtles and terrapins, they are all amphibious. The alligator differs from the crocodile in having a shorter and broader snout although there is yet. 10 Differences between Crocodile and Alligator. Characteristics of Crocodile.

Found in Asia, Africa, Central America, Malaya, Indonesia and North Australia. Crocodile live in freshwater, They can also live in salt water. More aggressive, dangerous to man.

Snout - Moderately long and pointed. The alligator’s upper jaw is wider, so the lower jaw disappears into the upper jaw. Keep an eye out for the fourth tooth on the lower jaw.

If it’s covered by the upper jaw, then you’re probably looking at an alligator. By the way: if you look at the animal from the side, the alligator looks like it’s grinning. Crocodile. At first glance, if you’ve ever seen an alligator or crocodile, they may look very similar.

Both families come from the order Crocodilians or Crocodilia, so it’s not too surprising that they may share some characteristics. So how exactly can you tell the difference. That took some thinking!. 1. Different families: There are three groups (families) of crocodilians: the alligatoridae, which includes the alligator and the caimans; the crocodylidae, which includes the "true" crocodiles; and the gavialidae, which contains only thethe first difference is that alligators and crocodiles are actually in different families.

2. Shape of the jaw: The easiest way of telling apart. Crocodiles were reintroduced in the 90's in far south Florida near a power plant by some moronic scientists who thought introducing a reptile that will actively hunt humans as a food source was a good idea.

Alligators do not generally hunt humans unless they are very big and the human is small.