Alligators and Crocodiles Essay

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Alligators and Crocodiles



Leigh Williams
Alligators and Crocodiles
Crocodiles and alligators are two reptiles that are often mistaken for each other. One of
the most common questions alligator and crocodile researchers face today is what the
differences are between the two. Although these reptiles favor in physical features,
there are numerous differences.

The first three differences between the alligator and crocodile are not in physical
appearance. These differences are in their subfamilies, number of species, and the
origination of their names. Although the alligator and crocodile are both reptiles, the
alligator belongs to the alligatorinae subfamily and the crocodile to the crocodylinae
subfamily. The alligator and crocodile also differ in their number of species. The
alligator has only two different species while the crocodile has twenty- three. The
origination’s of their names also come from different phrases and words. The name
alligator comes from the Spanish phrase “el lagar to” and the name crocodile
comes from the Greek word “Krokodeilos.”

The alligator and crocodile are different in size and snout shape. The average crocodile
tends to grow eighteen to nineteen feet in length and the alligator grows to an average of
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