Crocodiles are scary reptile to behold, they are regarded as the largest reptile owing to their massive size and weight. Crocodiles are mostly found in tropical regions, these regions support their existence, some tropics in Asia, America, Australia, and Africa contains majority of crocodile species, and each one thrive in a particular territory. Research shows that about 13 species of crocodile exist, and they mostly prefer salt water as their major habitat.

Among the species, the dwarf is the smallest, it has a length of 1.7m( 5.6ft) and the weight ranges between 6 to 7 kg( 13- 15 pounds), and the largest crocodile specie has a length of 6.17m( 20.24ft) and weight can reach an astounding 907kg( 2000 pounds).

Crocodiles are known to be carnivores, they rely mostly on flesh for their survival, some of the animals they feed on are frogs, fishes, birds, crustaceans and other reptiles. When they hunt their prey, the massive jaws serves as a vital tool in holding the prey down, the jaw crushes the prey and they swallow it whole. Crocodiles usually take small stones, which serves as a grinder in their stomach, it helps in crushing the prey to digestible bits.

The metabolic rate of crocodile is very slow, this is pivotal in their survival, as it enable them survive drought and very cold weather conditions, during such periods, they hibernate and experience little or no activity. During reproduction, a crocodile can lay 10- 50 eggs, and it requires around 55 -110 days to hatch.

• Powerful jaws. • Low metabolic rate. • Can survive cold and drought by hibernating. • Weigh up to 907kg ( 2000 pounds). • Has a length of 6.17m ( 20.24ft). • Lives in tropical regions. • Lays 10- 60 eggs at once.

• They are facing extinction. • Dangerous to man.




They are extremely dangerous. And they are going to attack even if you get closer to them. i think they need to be preserved. Or else they may cause imbalance in the natural order. So it's always better to consider how the crocs are in need of the saving. There has to be some region where they are supposed to be kept away from the population.
Posted by overcast on 09-26-2017

The Nile Crocodile

The Crocodile is one of the most feared creatures in the water and on the river bank, it's very swift on attacking its prey. It is feared to be killing a lot of people every year on the rivers and lakes that they have infested.
Posted by williamk on 10-01-2017



Alligators are large reptiles with highly protective skin, the thickness of their skin is enviable. Alligators come from crocodylia order, so their are several similarities that exists between the two, but they are entirely different. A research by Florida Fish and Water Conservation ( FWC) reveals that, alligators usually have wide rounded snout which is black in color, the teeth of its upper jaw remains visible even when the jaw is closed. Crocodiles are quite different, they possess pointed narrow snout, usually of grey green color, and when the jaw is closed, only the forth tooth can be seen. Alligators have an impressive length, which fascinates observers. Two species of alligators are significant, they are the American and Chinese alligators, the length of an American alligator can reach 3.4m( 11.2ft) and can weigh up to 454kg( 1000 pounds).

The Chinese alligator has a length of 1.4- 1.5m( 4.6 - 4.9ft) and can weigh up to 22.7kg( 50 pounds), these alligators live freely, they are highly sociable and survive in groups known as congregation.

Alligators move faster in water, they can easily hunt animals with little swimming skills, their movement in water is harnessed by large and muscular tail. In water an alligator can reach 32.18km/h( 20mph), this is an incredible speed in water.

On land they move at slower speed when compared with their water movement, 17.7km/h( 11mph) this result was obtained from San Diego Zoo. Alligators are carnivores and rely on flesh.

• Thick skin. • Lays 10- 50 eggs. • 32.18km/h ( 20mph) in water. • 17.7km/h ( 11mph) on land. • The sex of the egg is determined by the temperature in which the egg is hatched. • Lives in social groups known as congregation.

• Require flesh for survival. • Cold weather can result to production of only female, because a particular temperature is required for male formation, 33 °C ( 91.4 F).




I think that alligators are just generally the cooler species. For one thing, I heard that they are far more relaxed than crocodiles. While an alligator might chill around the water with humans nearby and not really do much, I've heard that crocodiles are notorious for being super aggressive and attacking humans. Alligators also just look way cooler in my opinion. They're bigger and look far more ancient. Ironic given that technically crocodiles have been around longer than alligators.
Posted by Denis_P on 09-27-2017


I think that crocs might be faster? However, the massive alligator is a terrifying and formidable beast! I live in the South, in Georgia, but i also lived a year in Louisiana, and I have seen massive alligators which could turn over a very large boat if they got angry enough. I really don't think that anyone knows exactly how big these water dinosaurs can get, and they are one of the oldest and most resilient species on the entire planet. It would be a nightmare to fall into the water with one of these reptiles, and I shiver and shudder just thinking about that fate!
Posted by JoeMilford on 09-26-2017


One nice attitude of the alligator is that it is always calculative when we are talking about how they attack. You will actually end up getting wowed when you get to see how smart that they are when they are finding preys and this is an attitude that I always cherish in wild animals as well.
Posted by Barida on 11-02-2018


I dont know who will I choose because thwy are both scary. I only saw a crocodile and alligator in manila zoo. And for me crocodile is more aggresive and scary while alligator is always sleeping and its not moving i thought it was dead. So i will choose alligator because its more behave and its amazing that it is really big.
Posted by jayken on 09-26-2017


For me there are only small difference between crocodiles and alligators maybe the size weight jaws are different but there faces are almost similar but i choose alligator because it is much more stronger than crocodiles in terms of size they are much bigger than crocodiles also they are a scary thing if you are not careful they will surely eat you but they are cool to take some picture and lastly they have strong appearance towards there prey.
Posted by tophew on 09-26-2017


Interesting the Alligators sex reproduction determination based on the temperature. I wonder if they are the only species that the sex and temperature adheres to. It seems like the alligator and crocks are from one big family. The water ways are very impressive for the alligators, forget about trying to outswim one of those fellas! Do they still eat alligators and crocodiles as a potential meat source? I suppose the decision could be decided upon from that aspect as well since both species have man on their diet list as well.
Posted by Joteque on 09-25-2017
I think that crocodiles are far more aggressive than alligators, although both of them can be aggressive. I think that the two reptiles are both annoying and possibly reprehensible. However, they are just trying to live their lives like all of us do. It is just one of the things that are part of the animal kingdom. We all have to survive one way or another.
Posted by kgord on 09-25-2017
I agree that crocodiles are more aggressive although the alligator is a larger species. But I have read an article that an alligator can be more vicious than the crocodile when it is hungry. Just like a person who is very hungry, the alligator has a temper and it can be more violent than the smaller crocodile. I have seen that in a crocodile farm where an alligator was very hungry and was showing an attacking stance.
Posted by Corzhens on 09-15-2018
I honestly thought they were the same, and crocodile and alligator were just two words pointing to the same animal lol. After reading and searching up more information about them, I think crocodiles are stronger and more aggressive. In the end they're just animals in the animal kingdom and they're trying to live their lives.
Posted by Tania997 on 09-25-2017
Crocodiles are like wild carnivores animals. The crocodiles and alligator looks the same but that they are not the same. The two reptiles specie are still very wild in their nature to exist.
Posted by babyright on 09-25-2017
The most obvious external differences are visible in the head.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.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. But in my opinion, the Crocs are more vicious creatures.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 09-25-2017
I don't see how anybody can vote either-or. They're both scary and I don't want get close to a crocodile or an alligator. I will say that I have heard more stories about alligators than I have about crocodiles. But my fear of both is equal.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 09-25-2017
It seems I didn't know enough. After reading this and doing a little research about them I found out that I was wrong about some of their characteristics. Before this, I thought crocodiles were the ones with the wide rounded snout, now I know better. Anyway, I think crocodiles are more dangerous and aggressive, also some salt water crocodiles can be absurdly big and ferocious. Both reptiles are amazing, though. I mean, as animals (also as predators), I think their sheer strength and presence can be a sight to behold.
Posted by Dkaraly on 09-25-2017
All I can tell you that I know about these two beasts is that they are both cold blooded animals and can survive well on both water and land, and that I would never want to have myself anywhere near their territory because of the threat that they pose to anyone be it animal or human beings.

Crocodile and Alligator have the most wicked and evil teeth structure which once it grasps it's prey, it's never coming off unless with half part of the prey in its mouth. Sometimes, I refer to Crocodile and Alligator bite as the bite to death, as whatever that comes in contact with their teeth is all but dead already.
Posted by Heatman on 09-25-2017
Apart from external features, is there any difference between crocodile and alligator? I don't see any difference, they are reptiles, they are amphabian, they are egg laying animals, they are carnivorous. They have more or less similar pattern on the skin, the only distinct difference is in the head. Alligator have a long snout and corcodile have short snout. In our home country, corcodile are more common than alligators.
Posted by vinaya on 09-25-2017
That's exactly what I was thinking. I am glad that I am not the only one, haha. I don't really know much about the crocodiles and the alligators except the very basic so they both seem very alike to me. However, I did read that the crocodiles are supposed to be a bit more aggressive but I have no clue if that's true. I am pretty blessed that we don't have either one anywhere near where I live.
Posted by Mehano on 09-26-2017
I don't like the two animals but for the sake of choice, I will go for the lesser evil which is the Alligators.I think the alligator is quite friendly and accommodating to man than the crocodiles.The crocodiles are dangerous animals to man, it can swallow human beings and it a creepy animal too, so I can't go anywhere near the crocodile.
Posted by lovely on 09-26-2017
I am scared of both alligators and crocodiles. They both are very dangerous animals to me. I recall watching those movies about crocodiles and alligators when I was still a child and at that time I used to feel scared to swim in the lake we used to go to. I have seen crocodiles in the zoos over here but never saw an alligator. Even though I am scared of alligators I wouldn't mind to see one a day.
Posted by Pixie on 09-26-2017
I used to watch one show of Steve irwin. And he was preserving crocs and alligators. He seems to be very much fascinated with the way they were raised. And he managed to save a lot of them. We need people around like him to take care of the animals. I don't think all the animals need this sort of protection. But it'd be reasonable to have such level of sanctury where they can have their own habitat.
Posted by overcast on 09-26-2017
For me, both are looking almost the same and it represents the same danger. I don't like these animals and I think this animal is the only one that I do not care if they use its skin to create shoes or bags, etc. I like all the other animals but a crocodile or alligator, are ugly animals....
Posted by wallet on 09-26-2017
By reading this discussion I learned a lot of things that I did not know about both of these creatures. I have never seen a crocodile in real life but I have seen a few alligators. They are huge and fascinating creatures. I remember the first time I seen one I was in awe of it. I had never seen anything like it before. Thanks for taking the time to tell us so much and so many details about these amazing creatures.
Posted by Sue on 09-26-2017
Despite the physical resemblance, the two animals belong to different families. The alligator is from the family Alligatoridae and the crocodile of the Crocodilidae. The differences between them are mainly anatomical. "The easiest way to differentiate one animal from the other is the teeth. In both animals, the fourth tooth on each side of the lower jaw "is larger than the others. The alligator has recesses where these teeth are hidden and only appear when the animal opens its mouth. In the case of the crocodile, they are exposed.
Posted by hermessantos on 09-28-2017
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Actually they look the same to me. I can't distinguish alligator or crocodile and I have never see one personly. They are both are scary and deadly. They are scary and I don't want to go near both of them.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-29-2017
Well, a person who doesn't know about the two reptiles would be mistaken one for the other because this beast looks alike, even the experts are not left out of the confusion, they really look alike but crocodiles are not going extinct rather I think it's the Alligator that will be going extinct, because you will find the crocodile in almost every part of the world but the alligators are not usually found in some part of the world especially in Africa. I don't like the both, but if I'm to go with one, I would go with the alligator.
Posted by Authord on 09-29-2017
They are both dangerous creatures, to even cross their paths it should be very scary. They are very heavy and have very strong jaws. they tear their prey like it's a piece of paper
Posted by williamk on 10-01-2017
They are both dangerous creatures, to even cross their paths it should be very scary. They are very heavy and have very strong jaws. they tear their prey like it's a piece of paper
Posted by williamk on 10-01-2017
This is the first time I've seen a few differences between alligators and crocodiles. They really look similar to me. They are both dangerous as well. I didn't know that crocodiles are nearing extinction. Based on the differences you've stated, I now find alligators more powerful and dangerous since they have wider snout and they swim faster than crocodiles. They can surely kill more preys with those abilities. Besides, there are more of them existing than crocodiles. Thanks for sharing this information. I learned something new today.
Posted by Krisleen on 10-05-2017
For me, I always regarded them in about the same light. They may not be the exact same creature, but they are obviously closely related or descend from the same ancestors. As a kid, I kind of sided more towards crocodiles since they seemed a lot more deadly with their barrel roll and massive size and weight. If we are talking about which one I like more I can't exactly choose, but which one would win in a fight would probably be a crocodile.
Posted by AlexHarris on 10-05-2017
I don't know much about the differences between them but I know they are both dangerous animals. I would be scared to live in a place where they exist because their jaws are really powerful and I wouldn't want to be killed by one of those terrifying animals, I don't mind watching them in a zoo where I am safe and sound.
Posted by felabruno on 11-02-2017
Both are fascinating species of lizard. However Hollywood seems to prefer the crocodile to be the star of most of its man vs. nature movies. ROGUE and PRIMEVAL are just two of many killer crocodile films to be released within the last decade. Alligators ruled the Hollywood roost seemingly more in the 80's.
Posted by NickJ on 12-19-2017
From our biology class in high school, crocodiles are smaller than their cousin alligators. And although alligators are stronger, crocodiles are more dangerous because they are agile and so quick with their open mouth. When I was in the Singapore zoo, I asked the zoo attendant on the difference of the crocodile with the alligator. His reply was simple – they are the same. And I have to agree because practically, the alligator and crocodile are just the same in layman’s eyes.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-13-2018
They both give me the creeps! I've had the chance to check some really up close in Florida, and they are lethal. They can be fast, and they will grab almost anything that looks like eatable, so it's always our matter to be careful and don't take their instinct for granted. I've seen many cases of people that have had terrible results for this issue, to me it is a mistake to pretend that you can domesticate them, or they will behave like dogs, those lizards have their animal instinct and it will get out when you less expect it.
Posted by ballyhara on 06-29-2018
Crocodiles are typically substantially larger than alligators and the Nile Crocodile possesses the most powerful bite pressure of any other animal in the world. Crocodiles are also greater aggressive than Alligators and more smart, so I'm quite certain Crocodiles are a lot more potent and could absolutely win in a combat with a Alligator if that's what you're wondering approximately.
Posted by jetselle on 11-14-2018