Alligators versus Crocodiles

Noun Challenge: July 6, 2014

Today’s noun: Alligator

How do you tell them apart? It might be easy if you live in an area where one or the other actually lives, but if you don’t, you probably use the two names interchangeably. So, here are some tips to help you properly identify them on your next trip to Florida.

1. Look at the snout. Alligators have a more U-shape snout, while Crocodiles have a V-shaped snout. It might be hard to see from far away though. I don’t advise walking up to one.

2. Color is a good way to tell the two apart as well. A crocodile will have a more greenish-brown color, while alligators appear much darker, almost black.

3. Teeth. Hopefully you won’t be seeing these up close. Alligators have a smaller lower jaw, so the lower set of teeth will sit inside of the upper teeth. A crocodile’s lower jaw is that same size as it’s upper jaw, so both rows of teeth can be seen when its mouth is closed. Again, don’t try to get close enough to see this.

4. Location, location, location. Alligators like fresh water, and Crocodiles prefer saltwater.

So that’s a good start to telling the difference between these two species. Don’t get up close to one to try to tell what it is. Please. And yes, I feel the need to continuously say this because I don’t want to be blamed for an alligator (or crocodile) attack. So, once again, DON’T GET CLOSE TO EITHER OF THESE ANIMALS. And if you think you’re smart and decide to do it, don’t send me your hospital bill.

Okay, that’s all I’ve got for you today. Sorry that this is late, my family went out for dinner and forgot how to end a conversation. See you tomorrow!



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