Can You Tell the Difference between Crocodiles and Alligators?
not easy to tell the difference between crocodiles
and alligators, both of which you
may encounter in South Florida. Some people say that there is a color difference
but they look remarkably similar in the wild. The crocodile's snout is much
pointier than the alligator's, though, and the entire head of the croc is much
more angular than the more rounded, softer shape of the gator head. The easiest
and most sure way to tell them apart is to look at their teeth (as if you
wouldn't see them anyway...!). The pictures below can help you see the
Both of these reptiles demonstrate remarkable quickness and can cover a short piece of ground or water in a hurry. You'd have to have a big head start and Olympic speed to outrun or out swim one of these, so keep your distance. Which is tougher? That's hard to say as each can suffer massive and fatal wounds from territorial encounters with the other.
The Canon EOS Digital Rebel single lens reflex (dSLR) camera was employed for most of the photos below. It was equipped with a Sigma zoom lens 200-500 mm, sometimes with a 1.4 tele-extender. All photos on the page are downsized and compressed for loading speed. High resolution 6.3 megapixel images are archived offline.
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