Can you tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator?

Prehistoric creatures: can YOU tell the difference?

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Looking at the snout...

Alligators have a wider u-shaped snout


Crocodiles have a wider u-shaped snout


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2. Which creature's teeth stick up out of the mouth and over the upper lip creating a ‘toothy grin’ ?





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3. Crocodiles tend to live in saltwater habitats, while alligators prefer freshwater marshes and lakes





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When fully grown, alligators are bigger than crocodiles





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True or false: crocodiles have webbed feet making them really fast swimmers





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Which reptile has the darker skin: alligators or crocodiles?





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7. What is the average life span of a crocodile?

30 – 50 years


50 – 70 years


70 - 100 years


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This image is fake: neither crocodiles nor alligators can jump





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Novice -

Hmm...get those wildlife books out as there is lots of studying to be done before you head off on safari!

There are many differences between alligators and crocodiles but never forget that the one thing that they do have in common is that they are wild and can attack unexpectedly.

Keep your arms out of the water and don't walk along the water's edge when in areas known to have these creatures living there.

Perhaps just go and see crocodiles safely in a wildlife park.

Silver Medalist -

Not bad!

Africa is rich in wildlife that differs vastly from anywhere else on the planet. As long as you know that touching wild creatures is a big 'no-no', start packing your bags and booking your safari.

Expert -

Congratulations! You could very well be the next 'Crocodile Dundee'!

There are many differences between crocodiles and alligators and you are one in-the-know.

Go on and share your results with your friends and see if they can do better!