Differences Between Alligators and Crocodiles

One of the more used phrases in the world would have to be “see you later alligator, in a while crocodile”. This phrase is often used when saying goodbye to someone. Now even though there are many of us who have been using this saying, we don’t know that crocodiles and alligators are different. Yes, they look the same and share many similar features, however, they are two different reptiles. Now you may not be able to tell the differences with a quick glance. But that’s why you have us. Here we give you a breakdown of the differences between a crocodile and an alligator.

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Although there really isn’t another living fossil that could possibly compare to an alligator or crocodile, there are a few key differences between the two. The first of which is their size difference. When it comes to the size differences between a crocodile and an alligator, the crocodile wins. This is because a crocodile can reach a length of up to 23 feet. Whereas the alligator is much smaller and can only reach a maximum length of 20 feet. However, it should be noted that it is very seldom to see an alligator reach the length of 20 feet.

When looking at a crocodile and an alligator it is very easy to think that they have the same snout. After all, it does look quite the same when taking a quick look. However, you should know that a crocodile actually has a V-shaped snout and an alligator has a U-shaped snout. It is important to note that a crocodile also has a much longer snout. Lastly, crocodiles and alligators are not the same color. Yes, that’s right. Crocodiles are much darker than alligators. Alligators have a dark green color whereas crocodiles are grey, olive, and even tan.

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