Did you know that southern Florida is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles can both be found? Me either! I always thought it was alligators in the north and crocodiles in the south. Not sure where I got that idea, but the truth is that alligators are in fresh water and crocodiles are in salt water. However, in the zone where the salt water meets the fresh water, both can be found.
So how can you tell the difference? This is what a crocodile looks like when he’s coming to getcha…
As always, you can click the images to view larger versions. I took this photo while standing on a bridge, so I wasn’t as terrified as you might think.
Here is what the alligator looks like when you see the length of his full body. Notice that the crocodile has a pointed V shaped snout where the alligator has a wide U shaped snout.
I just couldn’t resist including this image of what the alligator looks like when he’s coming to getcha…
Alligators usually lay around like rocks but when they decide to go they really go! I have to admit this one freaked me out a bit. Just the way he was looking at me like I might be lunch.
Now let’s compare profiles. Here is the profile view of the crocodile.
Notice how his bottom teeth are visible when his mouth is closed. Also he is a light grey/brown colour.
In the profile view of the alligator below you cannot see his bottom teeth and he is a much darker black/green colour.
Okay, let’s see your teeth Mr. Croc!
I have to say this photo was extremely hard to get! After the crocodile swam up to the bridge he went behind the mangrove, climbed up on the rocks behind it, and just sat there with his jaw open like that. From the bridge I had to lean way over and lift my camera over my head as far as I could to get an angle where the croc was not behind the plant.
Here is the alligator’s teeth:
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