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Crocodile or Alligator - What’s the Difference?

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3. Freshwater or Saltwater?

Crocodiles have special glands on their tongues that let them get rid of excess salt from their bodies. The alligator also has these glands but they don’t work in the same way as in the crocodile. So, alligators are almost only found in freshwater (lakes, rivers), while crocodiles can live in either kind of water.

4. Where Does the Animal Live?

And another tip: if you happen to be in the South of the USA or near the Yangtze River in China - only alligators are found here. In the rest of the world, you are looking at a crocodile.


Crocodile Crocodile - Photo: Africa Rising/Shutterstock


Alligator Alligator - Photo: Rudy Umans/Shutterstock

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