Alligator VS Crocodile: Which One?

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An alligator and a crocodile. What is the difference? This is what we are talking about today!

I did A LOT of research for this, so hang tight!

Alligators: Freshwater Dangers

An Alligator

In the United States, you may find alligators mostly near Texas or more towards the northeast. It prefers freshwater, and places such as lakes and marshes.

An alligator also has a rounded snout, similar to the letter “u,” and you may not see its teeth until it opens its mouth, or it very rarely shows them on its top jaw. The alligators scales would be mostly of a black or dark green hue. The average American Alligator is around 13 feet long.

Crocodile: The River Chomper

A crocodile

In the United States, crocodiles are more prominent in the Florida Everglades and the southern tip of Florida. They prefer saltwater: swimming in areas like rivers.

Unlike the alligator, crocodiles have a “v” formation on its snout, and its snout is smaller than the wide and broad alligator’s head. A very prominent difference between the alligator and crocodile is that the crocodile has at least five teeth sticking out of its mouth near its lower jaw.

The crocodile is bigger than the alligator and has maxed out at 20 feet long! They usually come in colors like black, brown, gray, or green.

Final Results

Now with this knowledge at hand, we may look at the difference between these two wonderful creatures. Let’s take a look at what we have learned.



  • Near Texas and/or northeast
  • Likes freshwater
  • “U” snout
  • Cannot see teeth
  • Black or dark green
  • 13 feet long


  • Southern Florida/Everglades
  • Likes Saltwater
  • “V” snout
  • Can see teeth
  • Black, brown, gray, or green
  • 20 feet long

OH, and I forgot another difference!

“One of ’em you see later, and the other you see in awhile!”

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