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Telling Alligators and Crocodiles Apart
Gator head Crocodile head
American Alligator
(Alligator mississippiensis)
American Crocodile
(Crocodilus acutus)
Broad snout Narrow snout
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 environments.
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.

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