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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What's the deal with crocodile tears?

Just how deceitful a creature is the sharp-toothed, swimming crocodile? Any more so than the other animals inhabiting our waters? They do cry, but it has nothing to do with insincerity.

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  • Amazing Animals: Alligator Quiz

    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? See more »

  • Did crocodiles descend from dinosaurs?

    Did crocodiles descend from dinosaurs?

    Crocodiles look a lot like dinosaurs, and they have certain similar characteristics. But are they related at all, or are the similarities all coincidence? See more »

  • How Alligators Work

    How Alligators Work

    Alligators are amazing animals that have been around for millions of years. These fearsome creatures are expert predators at the top of the food chain. See more »

  • What's the deal with crocodile tears?

    What's the deal with crocodile tears?

    Just how deceitful a creature is the sharp-toothed, swimming crocodile? Any more so than the other animals inhabiting our waters? They do cry, but it has nothing to do with insincerity. See more »

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

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

    Every once in a while, you'll hear about a giant reptile sneaking into suburbia. But have you ever wondered whether that's an alligator or crocodile leisurely drifting in your swimming pool? See more »

  • Alligator

    Alligator

    The alligator is a large reptile that inhabits swamps, rivers, lakes, and marshes. There are two species of alligators. See more »

  • Caiman

    Caiman

    The caiman is a four-legged reptile of the alligator family. Caimans closely resemble alligators in appearance, with long, thick, tapering tails and elongated snouts. See more »

  • Crocodile

    Crocodile

    The crocodile is the largest of living reptiles and can be found throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. See more »

  • Gavial

    Gavial

    The gavial, or gharial, is a large reptile related to the crocodile. The Indian gavial is found near rivers in Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. See more »

  • The Contenders Quiz: Crocs

    The Contenders Quiz: Crocs

    See if you can answer these true or false questions about the crocodilian species with ease. The more you know may help you determine the ultimate river champion in the Rumble in the River. At the end of this quiz, go on to test your hippo knowledge, too. See more »

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