Every golden scale

4 November 2011

It’s probably not too hard to work out what this is. Whether you think it is a cool as I do, is probably an iffier proposition.

3 Responses to “Every golden scale”

  1. Katie Says:

    Yes, that is cool. Was this alive or dead? So, what’s the difference between alligators and crocodiles? No, I’m not trying to make fun; it’s a serious question.

  2. Neil Says:

    Very dead, in fact, dead before we were born. Making fun here is entirely encouraged but I’ll take a stab at a serious answer:

    Crocodylus and Alligator are each a genus of crocodilian – these are the “true” crocodiles and alligators. The other members of the family Crocodylidae Osteolaemus and Mecistops are also called “crocodiles” and both are pretty closely related to Crocodylus; Mecistops was actually included in that Crocodylus until recently. Caimans are in the same family as alligators, Alligatoridae, but are not usually called “alligators.”

    In terms of physical differences: alligators (and caimans) tend to be broader-snouted than crocodiles although there is substantial variation in skull shape within each family. In resting animals with their mouths closed: if you can see lower teeth it is probably a crocodile. Alligators and caimans tend to be darker in color than crocodiles.

  3. Katie Says:

    Hmm… now I’m off on a search to learn more. Thanks a lot. ;p

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