Telling Alligators and Crocodiles Apart
|Blackish coloration in adults
||Olive brown coloration
|Only teeth of the upper jaw visible when jaws are closed
||Teeth of both jaws visible when jaws are closed
Southeastern United States
|Range: In the U.S. found only in the southern tip of Florida. Also the
Caribbean, Central and South America. The American Crocodile is an Endangered
Species. Only a few hundred remain in the U.S.
|Nesting: Nest is a mound of vegetation, constructed by the female alligator
in freshwater environments
||Nesting: lays eggs in a mud or sand nest in brackish or saltwater
|South Florida is the only place in the world where both
alligators and crocodiles can be found together. National Park Service lands
are valuable sanctuaries for these fabulous reptiles.