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How to Tell a Crocodile from an Alligator

I used to think that crocodiles were found in the Eastern Hemisphere and alligators live in the Western Hemisphere, but that’s totally not right -you hear about both of them all over the world. If you’ve found the two reptiles to be hard to distinguish from each other, this handy guide from John Atkinson at Wrong Hands should clear things up. The Crocodile faces to the right, and the alligator faces to the left. Easy peasy! -via Laughing Squid


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They've heads are pretty visually distinctive in shape. Visit southern Florida and after seeing your first hundred alligators, crocodiles will look quite alien. That won't take long either, about the time it takes to get from the airport to the car rental lot.
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They're both crocodiles.
When their mouths are closed, upward-pointing teeth are still exposed. Alligator lower jaw teeth are entirely enclosed when the mouth is closed.
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