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kaitlyn2004
5th of April 2010 (Mon), 10:29
I can NEVER tell these guys apart...
http://i42.tinypic.com/rmnqlu.jpg

sparker1
6th of April 2010 (Tue), 06:21
Did a google search and copied this info.

"In terms of physical differences the easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that a crocodile has a very long, narrow, V-shaped snout, while the alligator's snout is wider and U-shaped. Because of the wide snout of the alligator it packs more crushing power to eat prey like turtles that constitute part of its diet. The narrow crocodile snout, although still very powerful, is not really suited for prey like turtles but is very versatile for fish and mammals.

Another physical difference between the crocodile and the alligator is that the crocodile's upper and lower jaws are nearly the same width, so the teeth are exposed all along the jaw line in an interlocking pattern, even when the mouth is closed. They also have an enormous 4th tooth on the lower jaw that is accommodated by depressions in the upper jaw just behind the nostrils.

An alligator, on the other hand, has a wider upper jaw, so when its mouth is closed the teeth in the lower jaw fit into sockets of the upper jaw, hidden from view. Only the teeth of the upper jaw are exposed along the lower jaw line. Even the enormous 4th tooth on the bottom jaw, which is exposed in a crocodile, is hidden in the alligator.

Another physical difference is that crocodiles have a lighter olive brown coloration, while alligators appear blackish. Alligators also prefer freshwater while crocodiles like brackish water and sometimes even ocean."

hqqns
6th of April 2010 (Tue), 06:34
Did a google search and copied this info.

"In terms of physical differences the easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that a crocodile has a very long, narrow, V-shaped snout, while the alligator's snout is wider and U-shaped. Because of the wide snout of the alligator it packs more crushing power to eat prey like turtles that constitute part of its diet. The narrow crocodile snout, although still very powerful, is not really suited for prey like turtles but is very versatile for fish and mammals.

Another physical difference between the crocodile and the alligator is that the crocodile's upper and lower jaws are nearly the same width, so the teeth are exposed all along the jaw line in an interlocking pattern, even when the mouth is closed. They also have an enormous 4th tooth on the lower jaw that is accommodated by depressions in the upper jaw just behind the nostrils.

An alligator, on the other hand, has a wider upper jaw, so when its mouth is closed the teeth in the lower jaw fit into sockets of the upper jaw, hidden from view. Only the teeth of the upper jaw are exposed along the lower jaw line. Even the enormous 4th tooth on the bottom jaw, which is exposed in a crocodile, is hidden in the alligator.

Another physical difference is that crocodiles have a lighter olive brown coloration, while alligators appear blackish. Alligators also prefer freshwater while crocodiles like brackish water and sometimes even ocean."

Don't believe everything that you read on the 'net :) There are way too many things missing/wrong in this info.

It looks like an aligator to me.

JWright
6th of April 2010 (Tue), 15:06
Shot in a zoo? What did the sign say? ;)

Seriously, if you think you won't remember what the animal is, just take a picture of the sign. I do this all the time in zoos and in air museums.

tkerr
7th of April 2010 (Wed), 09:37
Alligators also prefer freshwater while crocodiles like brackish water and sometimes even ocean."

Hmmm, I don't think Alligators really care what kind of water it is as long as it is wet, cool, and there is food available.
Although probably more common in fresh water swamps and rivers, here in North Carolina at-least, you can find them in the brackish tributaries, Salt water river inlets, The Intra Coastal Waters, and, although not common they have even been found in the surf on the beach in broad daylight. It's not uncommon to see their foot prints in the sand.
Just last summer they had to remove a 7 footer that was in the surf at Camp Lejeune's Onslow Beach.


As for Crocodiles, there are species native to fresh water, and species native to salt water.

hqqns
7th of April 2010 (Wed), 10:11
As for Crocodiles, there are species native to fresh water
True

, and species native to salt water.
This is a common misconception. The salt water croc is just as happy in fresh water as it is in salt.

You learn these things when growing up in Oz. :)

LONDON808
9th of April 2010 (Fri), 23:36
Was this is a zoo ? What zoo ? Just go to there' website and compare the pictures to me it looks like an alligator but the teeth are wrong

snowyowl13
17th of April 2010 (Sat), 08:23
It seems to be a gator but information on where the shot was taken would really help. I attended a talk on alligators while I was at Okefenokee this winter and my understanding is that alligators don't live in salt water because they lack the gland that allows them to deal with the salt. Crocodiles have such a gland. Sorry but I forget the gland's name. I'm not suggesting that they never go into salt water just that they cannot live in it long term.
The teeth in the shot look like alligator to me. I photographed a ton of them this year in both Florida and Georgia (even saw a few in SC).

sparker1
17th of April 2010 (Sat), 17:13
Don't believe everything that you read on the 'net :) There are way too many things missing/wrong in this info.

It looks like an aligator to me.

Based on the description i lifted, anyone would say it's an alligator.

MyLookingGlassEye
20th of April 2010 (Tue), 22:29
By the head shape & teeth placement- it's a gator.

cesstrelle
15th of January 2011 (Sat), 07:08
The nose knows ;-)

Alligator:
(Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2049/2256760476_b3d7a85c5a_o.jpg

Crocodile
(Gatorama, Palmdale, Florida)
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1116/1315266446_d68f6896dc_o.jpg

wyldelee
15th of January 2011 (Sat), 09:29
Mostly Alligators in the south, especially Florida, with an occasional croc.

digital paradise
15th of January 2011 (Sat), 14:42
Gator. Crocks have long narrow snouts. Gators are short and wide. I watch too much TV.

ShaneKPhotography
9th of February 2011 (Wed), 15:47
It's a Gator. you can tell by the shape of the snout.