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Alligators & Crocodiles

Alligators and Crocodiles are reptilian relatives but are distinguished by the width of the snout. Alligators have fatter, rounder snouts than crocodiles.

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Amazing Animals: Alligator Quiz

Lurking in southern swamps from the Carolinas to Louisiana, alligators' place in folklore is both well-established and well-deserved. Get too close to one, and you'll find that their predatory abilities are no tall tale. What makes them so dangerous?


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What's the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

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Amazing Animals: Alligator Quiz

Test your knowledge of alligators, animals that have been around for millions of years. Take the alligator quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Alligator Pictures

Alligator pictures show these reptiles in all stages of life. Check out these pictures to see the rare white albino alligator and more. See more »

How Alligators Work

Alligators are amazing animals that have been around for millions of years. Learn about alligators and find out what makes alligators the perfect predator. See more »