Alligators and Crocodiles
23 species of crocodilians, including alligators, caimans, crocodiles and the gharial of India. If you really want to know which is which, you need to know the particular characteristics of each of these carnivores. Ask your questions in here and leave the shoes, handbags and luggage at the door.
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How much is a dead alligator worth per square footage?
animal cruelty !! <<< Not hardly. Who ever said this needs some real education. Roughly, most harvesters make about 20-25 US dollars a foot for fresh alligator carcass. The better intact the hide, and meat ( tail) the more they are worth. It's always, like with any game animal, or fish ... the market fluctuates. It isn't cruel to take alligators in the wild. In fact, it's very beneficial to humans and pets these squeamish folks are pouting about over animal cruelty. Gators are an over-abundant , and under utilized animal in the US. The populations are regulated through hunting for them, and if it wasn't done, the southern US would be over-ran with the beast. They could feed millions of people, and replenish themselves at alarming rates. But don't think just because you watch Swamp People, that just anyone can do this. Keep in mind, these people on TV live there, grew up doing this. It takes alot more than they show you on TV. I love reptiles, but if I eat a cow, I think others can reserve the right to kill a reptile, no matter what my opinion is.
What are the differences between alligators and crocodiles?
The first difference between a crocodile and an alligator is that they are from different families of crocodilians. Crocodiles are from the crocodylidae family, while alligators and caiman are from the alligatoridae family. In terms of physical differences the easiest way to tell the difference between the two is that a crocodile has a very long, narrow, V-shaped snout, while the alligator's snout is wider and U-shaped. Because of the wide snout of the alligator it packs more crushing power to eat prey like turtles that constitute part of its diet. The narrow crocodile snout, although still very powerful, is not really suited for prey like turtles but is very versatile for fish and mammals. Another physical difference between the crocodile and the alligator is that the crocodile's upper and lower jaws are nearly the same width, so the teeth are exposed all along the jaw line in an interlocking pattern, even when the mouth is closed. They also have an enormous 4th tooth on the lower jaw that is accommodated by depressions in the upper jaw just behind the nostrils. An alligator, on the other hand, has a wider upper jaw, so when its mouth is closed the teeth in the lower jaw fit into sockets of the upper jaw, hidden from view. Only the teeth of the upper jaw are exposed along the lower jaw line. Even the enormous 4th tooth on the bottom jaw, which is exposed in a crocodile, is hidden in the alligator. Another physical difference is that crocodiles have a lighter olive brown coloration, while alligators appear blackish. Alligators also prefer freshwater while crocodiles like brackish water and sometimes even ocean. While alligators (and caimans) are often confused with crocodiles, they belong to two quite separate taxonomic families. The most obvious external differences are visible in the head-alligators and caimans have wider and shorter heads, and a more U-shaped than V-shaped snout. The alligator's upper jaw is wider than its lower jaw, and the teeth in the lower jaw fit into small depressions in the upper jaw. The upper and lower jaws of the crocodiles are the same width, and teeth in the lower jaw fall along the edge or outside the upper jaw when the mouth is closed. When the crocodile's mouth is closed, the large fourth tooth in the lower jaw fits into a constriction in the upper jaw. For hard-to-distinguish specimens, the protruding tooth is the most reliable feature to define a species. However, in captivity, alligators and caimans may show jaw deformities which result in lower teeth protruding. Alligators lack the jagged fringe which appears on the hind legs and feet of the crocodile and have the toes of the hind feet webbed, not more than halfway to the tips. Alligators strongly prefer freshwater while crocodiles can better tolerate seawater due to specialized glands for filtering out salt. However, both taxa can survive in either. Both species of alligator also tend to be darker in color than crocodiles-often nearly black (but color is very dependent on water quality). Algae-laden waters produce greener skin, while Tannic acid from overhanging trees can produce often darker skin. When cleaning alligator pools, some zookeepers can tread on alligators without eliciting a response, though crocodiles almost invariably react aggressively and are for the most part more aggressive in their natural habitat In addition to the other answers given Crocodiles are also generally more aggressive without any provocation. Alligators are usually only aggressive without provocation during mating season in the spring. I would not trust their behavior at any time,and therefore avoid them always. The shapes of their heads are different.
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Can you eat alligator?
Yes, alligator is very commonly eaten. Yes you can. In my opinion if tastes like chicken! If you have ever seen the movie waterboy, they go well in a barbeque! Absolutely. I have had alligator in a Papadeux's Restaurant in Texas, and I've seen it offered on the sign outside a Popeye's Chicken Restaurant somewhere in the South. You can pretty much count on the fact that if an animal or insect can be eaten, then someone somewhere in the world is eating it. They sell alligator on a stick at the seafood festival in my 湖北体彩apptown.
Is the golden crocodile endangered?
What are those really tiny crocodiles called?
I think you're referring to caimans in your question. They look pretty similar to crocodiles and they can be as small as dogs. Caimans are actually miniature alligators, as they are part of the alligator family, Alligatoridae. There is another small crocodilian, the ghavial, which has a long, narrow snout. It doesn't look like a crocodile, though.
Are there alligators or crocodiles living in the Tennessee River?
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