18 Cool Photos of Crocodiles and Alligators

Alligators and crocodiles are both reptiles from the same order of animals called Cocodylia, but they still have many differences that set them apart. For instance, crocodiles have a longer, more V-shaped head while alligators have a shorter, wider, and more U-shaped head. Alligators prefer freshwater habitats while some species of crocodiles live in seawater. In addition, crocodiles have a lighter appearance while alligators are darker. These reptiles are intriguing photography subjects because of their strength and stealthy appearance, but don’t underestimate their power and swiftness. Below are 18 pictures of crocodiles and alligators; can you tell them apart?

Eye by Alexander Boden

Eye by Alexander Boden

Alligator by Jeff Kubina

Alligator by Jeff Kubina

Alligator, Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana, USA by Paul Mannix

Alligator, Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana, USA by Paul Mannix

Lying crocodile by Tambako The Jaguar

Lying crocodile by Tambako The Jaguar

Crocodile by Radek Vitoul

Crocodile by Radek Vitoul

Two cute alligators by Tambako the Jaguar

Two cute alligators by Tambako the Jaguar

Crokodile 07 by DeusXFlorida

Crokodile 07 by DeusXFlorida

Crocodile smile. by DeusXFlorida

Crocodile smile. by DeusXFlorida

Young Gator at Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge by Andrea Westmoreland

Young Gator at Lake Woodruff Wildlife Refuge by Andrea Westmoreland

Alligator by William Warby

Alligator by William Warby

*Big* Walking Gator at lake Woodruff by Andrea Westmoreland

*Big* Walking Gator at lake Woodruff by Andrea Westmoreland

Sungei Buloh Crocodile by Schristia

Sungei Buloh Crocodile by Schristia

Nice alligator! by Tambako The Jaguar

Nice alligator! by Tambako The Jaguar

crocodile eye / krokodilauge by Dennis

crocodile eye / krokodilauge by Dennis

Crocodile by Alen -

Crocodile by Alen -

The teeth of a crocodile by Tambako The Jaguar

The teeth of a crocodile by Tambako The Jaguar

Crocodile by Radek Vitoul

Crocodile by Radek Vitoul

Dreaming Green, Everglades by Jamesy Pena

Dreaming Green, Everglades by Jamesy Pena

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  1. Jen

    they almost look peaceful in these pictures.
    in the “crocodile smile” picture, you could almost get into believing that it could be your pet.
    but you can’t be their friends. they eat you.
    just a general idea that photography can and is deceiving.

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