Crocodile or Alligator - What’s the Difference?

Crocodile or Alligator? To understand these two reptiles better, there are a few simple tricks. In the crocodile order, there are around 25 species that can be split up into three families. True crocodiles, alligators and gharials. So, that means: the alligator is actually a kind of crocodile. Nevertheless, we’d still like to be able to tell the difference between the two families. Over the following pages, you’ll find large images and a few rules to work out which is which. Finally, there’ll be a clear summary..

Crocodile or alligator? Find it out:

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