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Spotting

Habitat:

In Canal Gardens, Leeds

1 Species ID Suggestions

Morelet's crocodile
Crocodylus moreletii Morelet's crocodile


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3 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

I think I spy that large tooth protruding from the lower jaw, so crocodile: "The easiest way for laypersons to differentiate caimans and alligators from crocodiles is to examine snout shape. Crocodiles tend to have V-shaped noses, while those of caimans and alligators are more rounded and resemble U's. Also, the upper and lower jaws on crocodiles are of approximately equal length, so the razor-sharp fourth tooth on the lower jaw usually juts out menacingly. The upper jaws on caimans and alligators are oversized, so their bottom teeth get covered up when their mouths are closed." (Source for this text is Slate.com believe it or not :-) Oh, and on the suggestion, I cheated a bit. I visited the website of the facility...to confirm, of course :-)

El Capitana
El Capitana 8 years ago

Sure, do you know if it's an alligator or a croc at all?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Hello. Please name the zoo where you spotted these in the Habitat or Notes fields. Thanks

El Capitana
Spotted by
El Capitana

Leeds, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jun 10, 2011
Submitted on Apr 28, 2012

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