What Are the Differences Between Alligators and Crocodiles?


Alligators and Crocodiles, I always thought that one was smooth and one was bumpy. I couldn’t really tell them apart in this video. I guess the only differences I know of are that you see alligators later and crocodiles after a while.

What Are the Differences Between Alligators and Crocodiles?

No one really wants to get close enough to look more deeply at their appearances, but there are distinct differences between the two. This video really shows the difference in their snout shape. The alligators all have big rounded noses, but the crocodile’s is more narrow and V-shaped.

Alligators have that more rounded snout appearance, because their upper jaw is bigger than the lower one. When their mouths are closed and they are swimming in the water, you won’t see any of their teeth.


Crocodiles are different, though. They have two teeth, one on each side, that protrude from their lower jaw and stick out over the top. When a Crocodile is swimming with it’s mouth closed, you’ll most likely see some sharp pointy teeth.

They also can be distinguished by their colors. Alligators tend to be darker in color and Crocodiles are a lighter grayish-green.

Usually Alligators and Crocodiles don’t have these chance encounters in the wild. Since Alligators prefer freshwater and Crocodiles dwell in saltwater areas, their paths don’t often cross. South Florida is the only place in the United States, that they both naturally reside.

Of course, being part of the same reptilian group gives them a great many similarities as well. They both look like giant lizards and eat the same prey, among many other things.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are faced with either of these monsters, the advice is the same. If the animal is calm, then stay calm and back away slowly. If it’s biting or snapping at you, then run like crazy. They can’t go very fast on land, so you should easily be able to outrun them. If by some miracle you can’t, then attack it’s head and try to gouge the eyes. The eyes are the most vulnerable spot, so it should buy you enough time to get away.

Your best bet is to just stay away from any places that might put you within reach of these big scaly beasts. But now you’ll know what to do and what you’re being attacked by. Good luck!


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