Differences Between Crocodiles and Alligators

It can be difficult for inexperienced people to tell the difference between an American crocodile and the other native crocodilian, the more common American alligator.  The following are some of the major differences between the two:

Crocodile Alligator
Grayish green color Black in color
Fourth tooth on lower jaw exposed when mouth is closed Only upper teeth exposed when mouth is closed
Narrow tapered snout Broad rounded snout
Young are light with dark stripes Young are dark with yellow stripes
Visual differences between Crocodiles and Alligators
Crocodile teeth Alligator teeth
Top of a Crocodile's head Top of an Alligator's head


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