How are crocodiles and alligators different and similar

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how are crocodiles and alligators different and similar

Whats the Difference Between an Alligator and a Crocodile? by Lisa Bullard

Lisa Bullard is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for children, including the middle grade mystery Turn Left at the Cow. She is also the author of the how-to guide Get Started in Writing for Children. Her books for younger readers include picture books and nonfiction titles such as Trick-or-Treat on Milton Street and You Can Write a Story: A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids. Her books have won several honors, including a Children’s Choice Award, two Teacher’s Choice Awards, a Science Books & Films’ Best Books listing, a National Parenting Publications Childrens Resources Silver Award, and a Storytelling World Awards Honor Title. For over fifteen years, Lisa has taught writing classes for adults and young people at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and in a variety of other settings. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Publishing Institute.
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There are a few noticeable differences between alligators and crocodiles, even though their lifestyles are pretty much the same. Alligators and crocodiles, both commonly known as crocodilians, are some of the most powerful and intriguing creatures on the planet.
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What's the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

Listen to this article about Crocodiles and Alligators and explore the concept of compare and contrast. Crocodiles and alligators are large, frightful-looking reptiles. They are classified as reptiles because they have tough, scaly skin and are cold-blooded. This means their body temperatures become warmer as the air temperature rises and colder as the air temperature falls. Both crocodiles and alligators bury their eggs in sand or mud until their babies hatch. Very young crocodiles and alligators eat worms and insects.

To most people, alligators and crocodiles look pretty similar. Physically, the snout and jawline are unique to each, and probably the easiest way to distinguish an alligator from a crocodile. Alligators have a wide, rounded, u-shaped snout, while crocodiles have long, pointed v-shaped snouts. The difference in shape means alligators can exert more strength, which is useful in cracking open hard-shelled invertebrates, like turtles. The jaw is another easy way to tell an alligator from a crocodile.

How do you tell an alligator from a crocodile? The most obvious way to discern the two reptiles is to stare down their sinister snouts.
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So What's the Difference Between Alligators and Crocodiles?

While they do look similar, there are several important differences between them. Crocodiles have longer and thinner snouts than alligators. Alligators are freshwater animals, while crocodiles live in saltwater. While there are plenty of differences between alligators and crocodiles, there are also a lot of similarities. One obvious similarity between alligators and crocodiles is that both animals are reptiles. They are cold-blooded creatures that expend little energy when they move.

Since completing university, Paul has worked as a librarian, teacher, and freelance writer. Born in the UK, he currently lives in Florida. Many people are unaware that there's a difference between alligators and crocodiles and use both terms interchangeably to describe any large water-dwelling lizard with big teeth. What they don't realize is that, despite some similarities, the two reptiles don't look or behave the same. They also belong to different biological families. Once you understand the differences, it is actually pretty easy to tell them apart. I explore each of these differences in detail below.


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