Crocodiles And Alligators Similarities

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Crocodiles and Alligators are often confused with because of the physical similarities. When an average person encounters a crocodile or alligator, it is most probable that they guess which animal it is and get it wrong. However, the only thing in common is the body structure. Not all of the similarities have to do with the similar physical shape of the crocodiles and alligator’s. In fact, the similarities go beyond. On the other hand, the differences deal with the most detailed dissimilarities between the crocodiles and alligators body.
One of many similarities crocodiles and alligators have is that these animals are reptiles. Crocodiles and alligators belong to the same subfamily so it is likely for them to have the same physical shape. …show more content…

For example, there is a big difference when it comes to a crocodiles and alligators snout. Alligators have a U-shaped snout with a wider head and sharp teeth that hide when the mouth is closed. In contrast to alligators, a crocodile have a V-shaped snout with a thinner head and have a “toothy grin” when the mouth is closed. Additionally the alligators upper jaw is more located more forwards than the crocodiles, this also affects the how the teeth are structured. Although both of these animals’ teeth are strong, the crocodiles have a more defined strength because it can destroy a turtles shell faster than an alligator. Furthermore, crocodiles have lingual glands that make salt water tolerable. Another major difference is the capacity of length between the two reptiles. Crocodiles tend to grow 5. 8 meters compared to an 4.3 alligator. Moreover, female crocodiles lay their eggs in mud or sand whereas the female alligators lay eggs on mounds near water. Another difference between alligators and crocodiles are the amount of time it takes to take care of the newborns. Alligators usually stay a few months or 1 year until the babies are strong enough to fend for themselves unlike crocodiles that stay with the babies 2

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