Alligators and Crocodiles

Topics: Crocodile, Alligator, Reptile Pages: 3 (811 words) Published: December 15, 2012
Alligators and Crocodiles
Jeanette Hawkins
ENG 121
Instructor Jason Romero
October 15, 2012

Not many people can differentiate between a crocodile and an alligator. Alligators and crocodiles are similar but different in so many ways. In this paper I will discuss the alligator and crocodile similarities and differences. If you see an alligator or a crocodile could you tell the difference? The ways you can tell the difference in an alligator and a crocodile is the snout, sensory pits, salt glands on tongue, jaws and teeth. Also in this paper I will paint you a picture of how the reptiles look and tell you the difference in the reptile’s size and habitat. Alligators are semi-aquatic carnivorous reptiles with four legs and a huge tail. (Col, 2010). The reptile tail is half its length and it helps propel the alligator through the water. It is also used as a weapon and stores fat for the alligator which he will use for nourishment for the winter. They are coldblooded (ectothermic) animals which do not make their own body heat but gain their heat by basking in the sun. (Col, 2010). The Chinese alligator can grow between 6 feet long and American alligators are 13 feet long but can grow up to 19 feet. Crocodiles have large, broad bodies with short legs and long, muscular tail. The crocodile has thick, leathery skin with bony, plate-shaped scales. (Hayden). They are cold blooded animals that color is either gray-green or brown. The crocodile have ears which are slits on the side of the head that most of us do not see and allows them to have superb hearing. The crocodile head is long and pointed with the eyes and nostrils located on the top of the head. Crocodile can range from 7-15 feet long but never stop growing and can live up to 75 years. Alligator’s upper jaw is wider than the lower jaw and its lower teeth are mostly hidden when mouth is closed and fit into sockets in the upper jaw but makes the fourth tooth on each sides of its lower jaw fit into a socket in...
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