What’s even cooler than a monster alligator?
A baby monster alligator.
Not that it’s particularly monstrous, this is your garden variety Alligator mississippiensis.
This one came from the Los Angeles Alligator Farm. Another specimen I saw today was marked “Locality Unknown” and below that some joker had penciled in “New York Sewer System.”
And what’s even cooler than a baby alligator skull? A full on ontogenetic series!
The big one is about 35 cm long, not nearly as beefy as the monster pictured on SV-POW and just a little better than half the size (by length anyway) of the record holder. Still, a pretty respectable animal.
I was planning to try to say something interesting about these, but after a day inhaling insecticidal preservatives and measuring a lot of skulls, I think I’ll just tap out. If you really want to jump down the well of ginormous gators, head to Matt’s post and follow the links therein.
Before you go, here’s another cutie. This is a tiny spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus).
Bad photo taken with my phone, but you get the idea, that’s my pinky for scale