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Interview with Alligator – Differences between Alligators and Crocodiles


Interview with Alligator – Differences between Alligators and Crocodiles

Crocodilians – that’s the family name of both alligators and crocodiles. Many folks find it difficult to distinguish between an alligator and a crocodile, so I’m writing the facts as a public service to assist those who may be confused. About gators and crocs, that is.

Highway I-75 across the Everglades

Living in Florida not far from the Everglades, it was not difficult to find a talkative American alligator.

Oh, yes, they talk to me! My supernatural ability to talk with deceased celebrities works with weird animals and living reptiles as well.

I drove down the highway (I-75) named Alligator Alley that runs between Ft. Lauderdale on the east coast to Naples on the west coast.

The name is appropriate because it traverses the Everglades National Park and alligators are numerous and visible on both sides of the roadway.


About twenty miles down the road there is a rest stop where boat owners can use the boat ramp.

Tourists can park here, too, to take photos of always available alligators loitering for photo ops and handouts from generous folks who often feed them scraps – despite the sign forbidding same.

I can undersrtand the need for the 'Do Not Feed Alligators' sign.

But why would anyone in their right mind want to attempt to molest them?

Mangrove swamp in the Everglades

Mangrove swamp in the Everglades

I approached a large alligator lying in the sun resting its gigantic head on the ramp, and was surprised when it began the conversation.

Alligator – Are you drbj? I heard through the mangrove vine you were looking for someone like me to interview.

me – the mangrove vine?

Alligator – you know, like the grapevine but you can’t grow grapes here – much too hot and humid – just mangrove swamps. What’s on your mind?

Al in all his glory

Al in all his glory

The other Gator - University of Florida

The other Gator - University of Florida

The other crocs - sandals

The other crocs - sandals

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Interview with Alligator

me – Nice to meet you Mr. Alligator. I’m trying to learn more about alligators and crocodiles from the source. Do you have some time to talk?

Alligator – Time? You must be kidding. What else do I have to do out here in the swamp all day? And you can call me Al.

BTW, how did you know I was a guy gator?

me – I took a wild guess, Al, based on the tee shirt you are wearing: “Ask to see my Abs!”

Al – Cool, huh? It was a gift from the last human I encountered (laughs crazily). He thought I would offer him professional courtesy cause he was a ‘gator’ – a University of Florida grad.

He didn’t realize we gators are equal opportunity eaters – everyone is a potential meal.

Whoa, just joking. You don’t have to retreat. I would never eat an interviewer. Bad Karma!


Alligator Films

Basic difference between gator and croc

me – Speaking of meals, what is your favorite food?

Al – Rats!

me – I beg your pardon!

Al – That’s our favorite food – rats. You know large rodents. Without us, the rat population would be out of control. We also eat snakes, birds, turtles (not easy), fish and small mammals. As we grow larger, we eat larger food – like deer, or perhaps a lost hog, or even a wandering cow or two.

Crocodiles are larger and can ambush monkeys, deer, zebras, even Cape buffalos. They often perform the ‘death roll’ which is rolling the prey over and over in the water while ripping off large chunks for dinner.

me – You are a carnivore then.

Al – Oh, yeah, meat is our favorite food. We ambush our prey by stealth. We swim either underwater or quietly on top of the water until we can strike. Then we use the strength in our massive tails to explode upon our prey, grab it in our jaws and drag it underwater to drown. A large meal can keep us satisfied for up to six months.

me – This may sound strange but I once saw an alligator swallowing a large rock.

Al – Yes, the rocks help us to grind down and digest food we may have consumed. We don’t have rocks in our heads, just rocks in our stomachs – some gator humor there.

me – Do you know you resemble a prehistoric beast?

Al – Must you use that word?

me – Prehistoric?

Al – No, beast. I prefer, creature. Did you know that we have been around almost 200 million years? Dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago but we survived. Our looks have changed very little in all those millions of years. Some scientists think the alligator is closely related to prehistoric birds. So you may be spot on with that ‘prehistoric’ adjective.

Am I photogenic, or what?

Am I photogenic, or what?


Differences between alligators and crocodiles

me – How can I tell an alligator from a crocodile?

Al – The best way to tell us apart is the shape of our snout and the visibility of our teeth.

Alligators have wider, broader heads with more rounded blunt, ‘U-shaped’ snouts. When our jaws are closed, fewer teeth are visible.

Crocodiles have longer, more tapered, narrow, pointy snouts that form a ‘V’ toward the end.

And if you’re brave enough to get close, you can see the lower teeth stick out past its closed jaws.

Especially its fourth tooth which protrudes in the middle. That’s why crocs have that quaint buck-toothed look.

Speaking of teeth, our teeth continue to grow throughout our life. If we lose or break one off, another grows to replace it.

Alligators sun bathing

Alligators sun bathing

me – What are some other significant differences between alligators and crocodiles?

Al – Let me count the ways:

Body color. Alligators are darker, nearly black or gray. Crocodiles are usually olive green or brown, but color is very dependent on water quality. Algae-laden waters produce greener skin, while tannic acid from overhanging trees may produce darker skin.

Scales. Crocodiles have a small dark spot or dimple on each overlapping scale (called a scute) which acts as a sensory pit to detect prey and water pressure changes. You can easily see these spots on crocodile leather goods. Alligators have these sensory organs only around their jaws.

Family. Both are Crocodilians. Alligators are members of the Alligatoridae family; crocodiles are members of the Crocodylidae family. (Youngsters of both families have difficulty learning to spell their family names).

Betty White makes this film, can you believe it, funny!

me – That last line is not a scientific fact, Al.

Al – Just threw it in to see if you are paying attention. Here are more differences:

Habitat. Both spend their life in and near bodies of water and lay their eggs on land. Alligators prefer freshwater. Crocodiles can tolerate seawater better due to specialized glands that excrete excess salt. Both can survive, however, in either.

Feet. Crocodiles have a jagged fringe on their hind legs and feet. Alligators do not. They are both excellent, strong swimmers who tuck their webbed feet under their bodies to reduce water resistance.

Temperament. Alligators try to flee when approached by humans. They are not known for being aggressive unless nesting or disturbed unexpectedly. But crocodiles tend to attack anything that crosses their path. Males are very territorial and will defend their territory from intruders. Nile crocodiles, in fact, are known for the large number of human fatalities they cause every year.



me – But crocodiles have not always had such a bad reputation. Ancient Egyptians worshiped a god who had the head of a crocodile and the body of a man.

Al – My great, great grandgator told me about that crocodile god; his name was Sobek.

me – Right! These ancient people would keep crocodiles in pools and temples, almost like beloved pets. And they ornamented the crocs with jewels in honor of the god. They believed Sobek to be the god who controlled the waters which were filled with crocodiles, and the Nile River represented their livelihood.

Alligators mating

Alligators mating

 Alligator eggs

Alligator eggs

Female alligator guarding nest

Female alligator guarding nest

Alligator just hatched

Alligator just hatched

Mommy taking hatchling to water

Mommy taking hatchling to water

Alligator Facts Al learned from his great, great grandgator

• American alligators are very large reptiles with thick bodies. Males average 14 to 17 feet long and females about 10 feet in length. The largest American alligator – 19 feet 2 inches – was found in Marsh Islands, Louisiana in 1890.

• Scientists believe the American Alligator is intelligent with the ability to adapt to various changes in its environment. They have been observed studying their prey to determine the best time to attack and the best way to take down their prey.

• American Alligators are found –where else? – in the United States. Many states are heavily populated with them. For example, Florida has more than two million of them. Other states with large alligator populations are Georgia, Texas, and Louisiana.

• Wetlands provide them with warm temperatures – they require an average of 80°F to survive – but their habitat has continually been encroached upon by humans. Now they are also found in areas of saltwater when they used to live only in freshwater.

me – Why do I hear alligators making bellowing sounds in the springtime?

Al – That’s because in the spring, alligators resume their interest in mating. Males will be bellowing to attract females. When you hear them roaring they are also warning other males to keep their distance. They spend much of their time protecting their territory from invasion.

• After mating has occurred, the female knows she needs to create a home for her eggs. She creates a nest (like birds do) out of leaves, twigs, mud and whatever she can find.

It has to be roomy enough for 20 to 50 eggs, and above the water line. The walls need to be thick to provide warmth. She will carefully guard her eggs to keep predators away.

Because of the warmer temperature, it takes only about 65 days for the young to be hatched. For other species of alligators, the range is 80 to 90 days.

Mama Alligator will assist her babies to get into the water, and care for them for about five months. But she will also lose the majority of her young because of various predators.


World's Biggest Croodiles

me – Who are . . . ?

Al – Birds, fish and turtles are the biggest enemies of young alligators. Other alligators may come to feed on them, too, if food is in short supply.

As they grow larger, their biggest problem is humans.

In many areas people are terrified of alligators and want them killed so that they don’t have to share their waterfront property.

• Did you know that annual hunting expeditions take place? Hunters from all over the United States as well as other countries come to try their luck at killing an alligator.

Their goal – the pride they get from successfully killing such a large and fearsome creature, and the skin they obtain that can be used to create expensive leather products – wallets, belts, handbags, shoes and boots.

Crocodile and Plover

Crocodile and Plover

Crocodile eye

Crocodile eye

Crocodile jaws

Crocodile jaws

Crocodile teeth

Crocodile teeth

Size of crocodile tooth

Size of crocodile tooth

More Crocodilian Facts Alex learned from his aPad

me – Don’t you mean iPad?

Al – No, it’s an aPad – for animals.

• The most powerful bite of any animal comes from the crocodile.

It is well known for eating just about anything it can sink its teeth into – fish, birds, crustaceans, mammals, and even other reptiles.

me – Wait a minute! You said, ‘birds’. Isn‘t it a fact that crocodiles will not eat a specific bird known as the Egyptian Plover?

Al – That’s true. Crocodiles will not harm the Egyptian Plover. They enjoy a symbiotic relationship.

The plover will enter the mouth of the crocodile and consume the various forms of parasites that cling to its teeth and mouth. The bird gets breakfast and the crocodile has its teeth cleaned.

• Crocodilians have see-through eyelids that protect their eyes when they are underwater. A slit-like vertical pupil lets in more light and allows them to hunt more effectively at night.

Flaps cover their ears and muscles close their nostrils when they are underwater. Their excellent sense of smell allows them to find prey in murky water.

• Their eyes and nostrils are located high on their head and snout so they can keep their body submerged yet still breathe and view their surroundings.

A broad, heavily muscled tail assists them in swimming smoothly and quickly.

• The jaws of a crocodilian are extremely powerful but only on the downward bite. It gives that infamous ‘snap’ like a spring-loaded hinge.

But their jaws are much weaker when moving upward which gives human alligator and crocodile wrestlers a big advantage.

• Although their legs are short they can move very fast on dry land. A speedy crocodile has been recorded on land moving at 11 miles per hour.

I visited this amazing Crocodile Farm in Thailand.

There are 23 different species of crocodilians:

Alligators – 8 species – American Alligator (southeastern U.S.) • Chinese Alligator (eastern China) • Spectacled Caiman (Central and South America) • Broad-Snouted Caiman • Jacare Caiman • Black Caiman • Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman • Schneider's Dwarf Caiman (South America)

Crocodiles – 14 species - American Crocodile (North, Central and South America) • Slender-Snouted Crocodile • African Dwarf Crocodile (Africa) • Orinoco Crocodile (South America) • Australian Freshwater Crocodile (Australia) • Philippine Crocodile (Philippines) • Morelet’s Crocodile (Central America) • Nile Crocodile (Africa, Madagascar) • New Guinea Crocodile (Papua, New Guinea) • Common Mugger (Indian subcontinent) • Cuban Crocodile (Cuba) • Estuarine Crocodile • Siamese Crocodile • False Gharial (southeast Asia)

Gavialidae – Indian Gharial (Indian subcontinent)

me – How long do crocodilians live?

Al – On average, up to 50 years of age. But some have lived to be more than 75. Here are a few more unusual facts about them:

• Most people don’t know that crocodilians do have tongues. Their body structure prevents them from sticking it out as humans and most other animals do.

• The sex of the offspring is determined by the temperature rather than by genetic chromosomes.

• Alligators can bellow and roar, but most of the time crocodiles are very quiet although they can make some types of sounds when they are in distress.

• They release heat (sweat) through their mouths like pigs since they don’t have any sweat glands.

• In some countries, crocodile meat is considered to be a delicacy.

• Crocodile oil can be used as a safe, natural way to heal chapped or dry skin.

• The largest crocodile ever caught was this 21-foot long saltwater crocodile in the Philippines, September 4, 2012. It weighed more than one ton (2,000 pounds).

21-foot long Crocodile


Al – I have to leave now – gotta catch some rays while the sun is still high. I leave you with my favorite alligator quote: "Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river." – Cordell Hull

me – Thanks for the interview, Al. See you later . . .

Al (interrupting) – Please ... don’t finish that sentence ... it drives me crazy!

Note: This hub was written in response to a question by Myn Is Me who asked: “How does an alligator differ from a crocodile?” Happy to oblige, Myn.

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012, 2014. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So"

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Comments for Interview with Alligator – Differences between Alligators and Crocodiles

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on October 11, 2015:

Thanks, Peg, for finding and enjoying this treatise re gators and crocs. I often drive across I-75 so am accustomed to seeing gators sunbathing by the canal on the side of the highway - behind a fence, of course.

Your lovable grandma was my kind of woman - raising gator hatchlings. What a hobby! Would you say you may have inherited some of her spunk? Just wonderin'.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 11, 2015:

Very funny interview, Drbj, and quite educational. We were used to seeing alligators in Florida when we fished in the Everglades. Also, my grandmother used to raise the small hatchlings in her backyard. You could buy the little guys at rest areas along the highway. It was kind of creepy. When they grew to around six feet long, she would call the game warden and have them taken away.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on November 12, 2013:

Nice to met you, JPSO. Especially since you live in the Philippines where the largest crocodile to date was found. Thank you for your visit and your gracious comments. If you are interested in weird animals, please take a look at some of my 40+ Weird Animal Interviews. And thanks for the awesome, too.

JPSO138 from Cebu, Philippines, International on November 12, 2013:

What a great way to educate. Very well presented and unique. I am from the Philippines and have heard about lolong, the largest crocodile. Sad to note that lolong died. Voted awesome for your hub.

Lucille on March 28, 2013:

This is what I looking for! Thank you!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on February 19, 2013:

Yes, mary, gators can move much faster than most people realize. That was wise advice you received on moving to Florida. Don't feed the alligators! And stop waving your broom at them - it could be dangerous to your broom . . . and your health. Thanks for the visit and the Up, etc.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 19, 2013:

Enjoyed this Hub on the differences between an alligator and crocodile! Doc Hyatt warned us when we first moved to Florida: don't ever feed an alligator, and don't get near one, either. I never knew alligators could run so fast until I shooed one away from my driveway with a broom! I've only seen crocs once while in Puerto Rico. We drove over a bridge and the guide told us to look down. There was hundreds of crocs below on the bank of the river!

Voted UP, etc.etc.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on January 29, 2013:

So you grew up around gators, chris? From the looks of you and your muscles in your profile photo, they must have stayed their distance! :) Thanks for the kind words, m'dear.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on January 29, 2013:

What an interesting experience that alligator hunt must have been for you, Rolly. I have traveled a bit of the Everglades in an airboat - a fun ride - but gator hunting is not my thing. Did you eat an alligator steak? It's supposed to be a delicacy but I've never had the (?) pleasure. Thanks for finding this all the way from Canada.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on January 28, 2013:

wow.. as usual, you really did your research !!!! I learned a lot , and I grew up around gators!

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on January 27, 2013:

Hi drbj... wow what a huge amount of material to have in one place about the creatures. Several years ago this flat langer from Canada had the privilege to go on a Aligator hunt in the everglades one Thanksgiving. Thinking back now of how silly it was, four grown men in a 12 foot boat and all with guns. I was told it was tradition. They actually use the meat.

Hugs from Canada

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on January 01, 2013:

Thank you for your scientific summation, coelophysis, your abiding interest in the subject is admirable.

coelophysis on December 31, 2012:

i would like to but my computor skills are not that good there site hard to write on. most need your email not like this site john ruben larry martin i think probly would love to hear what i say. but badit scientist will never change even thou so many great evidence that bird are not dinosaurs out there now. like bird finger are 2,3,4, dinosaurs are 1,2,3, bird toes are 2,3,4,5 dinosaurs are 1,2,3,4, and the protoavis bird was before 4 finger no fuse furcula hollowbone only in foot coelophysis .may be some one with good computor skills will post my finding on youtube.the evidence that dinosaur are just a prehistoric alligator is very good. is just as good any other modern animal that scientist link to prehistoric reltive that is final.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 24, 2012:

I can see you have done your homework, coelophysis, but as of this date scientists have no conclusive evidence to prove your theory. Perhaps you should share your findings with renowned scientists in the crocodilian field. They agree only that gators and crocs resemble dinosaurs and have similarities but do not officially label them as dinosaurs.

coelophysis on December 22, 2012:

sensory dot skin secondary bony palate share with spinosauridae dinosaurs. frill dinosaurs skin like triceratops dinosaurs share with sheildcroc . simular brain architecture like these dinosaurs allosaurus carnotaurus t.rex. . finger and toes and claws are a match if you put catcroc evolution into it. how it grow its claws back .the top candidate to turn into modern crocodilian protosuchus junggarsuchus finger and toes and claws are not a match and no evidence of aquaticness nose are below there eyes a land animal feature cougar stands is land animal feature too.2 compsogthus type dinosaurs fossil found with a hepatic piston and diaghragm the diaghragm allmost exactly like alligator be its too many evidence and there is some scientist think dinosaurs is just a prehistoric alligator like john ruben .they did not link crocs 3finger claws i did. i do not think they know what it is for and miss it they would of use against the badit scientist if they know. frill dinosaurs i did the link that was easy on the science report on sheildcroc skin only animal have that kind of skin is frill dinosaurs like triceratops.and gharial can not do the high walk or sprawling .its over dinosaurs are alive the science evidence said so

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 21, 2012:

Nice to meet you, coelophysis. You are correct - scientists do believe that crocs and gators resemble prehistoric creatures but there is no conclusive evidence at this time that they are descended from dinosaurs. Thank you for your visit.

coelophysis on December 21, 2012:

the two living dinosaurs and most people do not know that they are dinosaurs and dinosaurs are alive there ancestor is spinosauridae mostly they are fed by propoganda bird link lies with no scientific evidence at all . some facts i wrote it on evolution alligator and crocodile

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 12, 2012:

Thank you, snakeslane, for loving my interview with Al. I'm delighted that you had fun learning about these rather awesome amphibians.

So you had a pair of crocs once? Al won't mind - he appreciates the notoriety. Yes, the search engines have been kind to this interview - maybe they are not accustomed to original content. Heh, heh.

Thanks for the visit and the kind comments. Regards, backatcha.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 11, 2012:

Wow drbj, I had no idea! I love your interview with Al. You make learning about these fascinating creatures so much fun. What an incredible resource for students. I didn't watch the films, I'm just not that passionate about alligators (although I did have a pair of crocs once) but I thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations and photographs throughout. Good work! This should get you front and center in the search engines I would hope. It is so original, there is probably nothing like it out there. Thank you drbj! Regards,snakeslane

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 10, 2012:

Happy to oblige, John, call me any time. And thanks for the hilarity. Come to think of it, you were lucky the first one was a gator. If it had been a croc, end of story.

John MacNab from the banks of the St. Lawrence on December 10, 2012:

Ah, so there is a difference. I had a gut feeling that there was when I married the first one. But it wasn't until we sat down to dinner with the kids, that I found out the kids were the dinner; that's when I also discovered why she had alligator skin. Thank you for setting me on the right path, drbj.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on November 10, 2012:

My deepest apologies, Niteriter, about your unfortunate liaison with an alligator of the female persuasion. Good to know you survived although emotionally scarred. So sorry that my voluble Crocodilian descriptions may have caused any mental anguish. If you have difficulty sleeping tonight, take two aspirins. But don't call me in the morning! :)

Thanks for the bantering fun.

Niteriter from Canada on November 09, 2012:

I met an alligator in Louisiana once. Yeah; as a matter of fact, I lived with her for three or four months. Your comment that "Alligators can bellow and roar" brought the unsettling memories flooding back. One thing that always upset me was her habit of biting my head off every time I made a remark that she interpreted as unflattering.

I'd tell you more but I'm emotionally scarred and can't dwell on the subject for more than a minute or so. I can attest to the truth of your Hub, though, since so many of your descriptions coincide with the horrible images in my mind.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on June 27, 2012:

So nice to meet you, elnavann. Thanks for finding this very entertaining. If you can direct me to an equally voluble African crocodile, it would be my pleasure to interview him ... or her. :)

elnavann from South Africa on June 18, 2012:

Thanks - very entertaining. Why not try your interviewing skills on an African Crocodile . . . there are some things we always wanted to know about them . . . .

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 29, 2012:

How did you know, nicomp? Not only was Al the Alligator expecting me, he had a scrapbook of my press clippings. No, it was not bound in leather. :) Thanks for not zooming past this hub without an incisive comment, m'dear.

nicomp really from Ohio, USA on May 28, 2012:

so... the gator was expecting you... probably because of your reputation for positive portrayal of prehistoric beasts -- er, creatures.

I'd zoom past that rest stop, myself. ;)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 17, 2012:

How strange, Susan, that no alligators appear when you visit Alligator Alley in the Everglades. Could it be the alligator leather luggage in your car? Or your crocodile leather wallet?

Just kidding. The gators are more visible in the summer but sometimes hard to discern from the foliage along the side of the canals. I was surprised, too, to learn how many species of gators and crocs there are. I always thought a gator is a gator is a gator.

Thanks you for your gracious comments - I always enjoy your visits.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 17, 2012:

I go to Florida practically every summer. The last time I was there I went down alligator alley and even stopped at one of the viewing points along the way in hopes of seeing a real live alligator in it's natural habitat. Never happened, have yet to see one. They must put out an APB saying "Okay guys hide, here comes that crazy Canadian again."

Amazing hub, and interview. I love how creative you get with these hubs.

I'm so surprised at how many different types of alligators and crocodiles there are.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 15, 2012:

It's not that alligators do not allow interviews, Sandy. They do! It's just that very few interviewers return to write their stories. Trust me. Thanks for the visit, m'dear and finding this as interesting as I did.

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on May 14, 2012:

Very interesting information. I wasn't aware that alligators allowed interviews.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 13, 2012:

OMG, Natashalh, where do you work that has 'lots of alligators'? That could be a dangerous place to work, m'dear. So happy that this hub appeared just in the nick of time so now your reply when asked about the differences between gators and crocs, will be right on the money. Thank you for the 'highly entertaining, informative, funny, useful and Up.' Your comments are most appreciated.

Natasha from Hawaii on May 11, 2012:

Highly entertaining and informative! There are lots of alligators where I work and, just the other day, a vistitor asked me about the differences between gators and crocks. I didn't have a very good reply! Now I do. Voted up, funny, and useful.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 10, 2012:

I wasn't too worried, Alastar, because Al the alligator appeared to be very well fed. But I was careful not to turn my back. Thank you for loving the interview.

I watched the TV program, Swamp People, just once and not for the entire session. Too barbaric for my taste. At least at the Crocodile Farm show I watched, the crocs seemed to be enjoying the attention and the oohs and aahs of the spectators. Thanks for dropping by.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on May 10, 2012:

Despite your advanced abilities drbj, that was very brave of you approaching the alligator for a drbj interview. And what you got should be available to all students studying the subject of animals or reptiles. Applause. Loved it too and those alligator/croc farms are intensely interesting at feeding time- but not a group to be standing in the midst of when the chicken meat flies.

One last thing: Swamp People is an entertaining series but to be frank about it the show is simply barbaric. Alligators are not dumb beasts and suffer terribly with those hooks in their innards. Just wish there was abetter way to do what i guess must be done.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 10, 2012:

Thanks so much for the visit, Rosemary. Delighted you found this to be a fun and informative hub. Now that you know the differences, do NOT test them. Just take my word for it. Happy you found the videos fascinating and thank you for the Up, m'dear.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 10, 2012:

Thanks for those suggestions, Martie, I'll give the rhinos and wildebeasts a look. May I tell them you sent me?

Thanks for finding this interesting and the Up, and now that you know about its powerful bite, stay away from the croc. Testing is a no-no. Loved your 'waiter' crack - you are the clever one, m'luv.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 10, 2012:

Nice to see you here, Dex. Thanks for the comment about how much you learned from my interview. Makes me feel warm all over. Trust me. And thanks for the sublime 'Greats' and the Up.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 10, 2012:

Now you are a crocodilian expert, b. Unless you live close to the Everglades, you pobably won't encounter any in the flesh in your neighborhood. That should be reassuring. The video may be a bit scary but it is a great learning experience. Would love to encounter the BIG sea turtles you mentioned. Maybe I will.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 10, 2012:

Thanks, dashingclaire, for the 'cool hub' and loving my interview idea. Happy this was a fun way for you to learn the differences between gators and crocs. It was my pleasure to do the research. Thank you for the Up.

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on May 10, 2012:

A great fun hub, wonderful interview and information, we now know how to tell the difference. I thought the videos were fascinating.

Voting up and interesting

Martie Coetser from South Africa on May 10, 2012:

So interesting! I've hung on your lips. You might consider interviewing the black and white rhinoceros, too, you know, drbj, and what about the blue and black wild beasts? Great theme!

Now I know: "The most powerful bite of any animal comes from the crocodile."

I really don't think I will test the truth of this. Who tested this, I wonder? Perhaps the brave waiter?

Voted up and very interesting :)

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on May 10, 2012:

Another great interview Dr. BJ! I studied the difference between the two recently, but I learned more from your interview! Great! Great! Voted up, up and away!

b. Malin on May 09, 2012:

Fun Hub Drbj, Great Interviews.. and very Informative...All I've ever wanted to know... and now I know! Yes, the video was a bit Scary...Haven't seen any Alligators or Crocks in N. Palm Beach...Just some BIG Sea Turtles!

dashingclaire from United States on May 09, 2012:

drbj this is such a a cool hub. Love the interview idea. I agree with the other comments, this was a fun way to learn the difference between alligators and crocodiles. Voted up

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 09, 2012:

What a pleasure to meet you, dubuquedogtrainer. Thank you for the sublime comments. Delighted you found my format interesting, creative, great, superb, etc. You are my kind of commenter! And thank for the Up.

Al says thank you, too.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 09, 2012:

Yes, dear Feline, I took a sabbatical from joke writing to do this interview with Al. Thanks for the 'enlightening as Al-ways.' You are so clever, m'dear.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 09, 2012:

Oh, dear Ruby, did not mean to scare you with the video. But it is a great learning tool. Delighted you found the interview clever and learned a lot about gators.

Al was a gentleman and a delight and very savvy. But I warned him to watch his back ... and his front.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 09, 2012:

Living in Florida, Ann, as you and I do, it is not uncommon to read or view on TV gators that have been captured in someone's back yard. Sometimes a pet is missing. Often, it's because some neighbor has been feeding the adorable alligators.

Delighted you found this a fun way to read about gator and croc differences and thanks, m'luv, for 'creativity, fun, interesting' and the Up!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 09, 2012:

Hi, Hilary, what a treat to bring back fond memories for you. In the great state of Florida we have almost as many alligator farms as we have alligators. They are very profitable tourist attractions.

The gators are proliferating at such a great rate, the endangered status is in jeopardy. But I would never purchase an alligator handbag - who wants to carry a purse with four little feet and a large tail sticking out? Cheers backatcha, m'dear.

Dubuquedogtrainer from Dubuque, Iowa on May 08, 2012:

Wow - that was great! What an interesting and creative way to present factual information - and the layout was perfect! Superb - voted up!

Feline Prophet on May 08, 2012:

So that's what you've been doing instead of making us laugh! As enlightening as Al-ways! :)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 08, 2012:

Delighted, Alicia, that you enjoyed meeting Al and reading all the details and interesting crocodilian facts. By all means, do watch that remarkable video when you have the time but one caution, m'dear, leave the lights on. Heh, heh.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 08, 2012:

Hi, CM, I must put your mind at ease. Al was ever the gentleman and made no move toward my digits. But I must admit there was a touchy moment there when he mentioned that 'everyone is a potential meal.' He was very knowledgeable and fortunately, very talkative. Thanks for visiting.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 08, 2012:

There is no way I could continue watching the video, Scared the pee out of me!! I did learn a lot about alligators. Your interview was clever. Al seemed like a good old Crock or Gator. I have this feeling he will never become a handbag or belt at least i hope not...

anndavis25 from Clearwater, Fl. on May 08, 2012:

I live in Florida. And I do know about the gators. I actually see them lying about at the parks. Ocassionally they crawl up to a back door (not mine) of people who live near the water. They eat dogs and cats in the trailer parks.

This was a fun way to learn about the differences in crocks and gators. Much creativity here.

Fun, up and interesting.

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on May 08, 2012:

This brought back fond memories for me. When I was little I remember going to the alligator farm in Florida where a brave man put his head in an alligator's mouth.

In any case, great information about these now-protected creatures. Nice to know they will never become a handbag. Cheers.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 08, 2012:

Thanks for such a detailed hub and all the interesting facts about crocodiles and alligators, drbj. I enjoyed meeting Al very much! I'm looking forward to watching the videos when I have time.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on May 08, 2012:

Well I have to admire your courage in the pursuit of your craft drbj, hope you came away with all your fingers and toes intact! Glad the alligator was so chatty and gave us so many interesting facts!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 08, 2012:

Hi, christopher. I guess it might seem freaky to have two million gators sharing the state. But I make it my business not to bother them, and as of this writing, they have returned the favor. Thanks for enjoying this and finding it very informative. Al said that, too. :)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 08, 2012:

Thank you, teaches, for enjoying my crocodilian interview. You might like to read some of my other animal interviews, too. Yes, both the gator and croc population has increased in Florida in recent years. But they do keep the rodent population in check. So far.

So glad you can now tell the difference - just don't put it to the test in the wild. I often stop at the boat ramp I mentioned to watch those interesting creatures but when they move so do I - the other way! Thank you, m'luv, for the Up.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 08, 2012:

It's true, Kelly, some animals, particularly crocodilians, are much more intelligent than we realize. Delighted you enjoyed this interview and my interpretation of gator and croc characteristics. The swallowing of rocks is extreme but necessary for them.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 08, 2012:

Hi, Pamela. So happy to enhance your crocodilian education. Even more than you anticipated. Thank you for finding this thorough and interesting. I wouldn't even want to imagine meeting that humongous crocodile while it was still alive. Even in death it looks threatening.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 08, 2012:

What a coincidence, Becky, that you ate at a restaurant recently offering gator meat. I tried it once and thought it tasted more like firm chicken than meat. But at the buffet resaurant you mentioned, I would probably have opted for the pork chops, too. Thanks for the gracious comments. It's always my pleasure to have you drop by.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on May 08, 2012:

Hi, Sherri, how nice to have you visit and be the very first! Delighted you enjoyed meeting Al 'at arm's length.' You clever girl, you.

Yes, I made it home safely due to Al's belief in Karma. Thank you, m'dear, for the kind words.

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on May 07, 2012:

Great hub. Very informative. It must be freaky to live in a place where you have two million alligators.

Dianna Mendez on May 07, 2012:

I enjoyed your dialog with the gator and croc, what a clever way to share a topic. I heard that the crocodile population was increasing in Florida. I think that I would be able to tell the difference between the two after reading your hub. Please, be careful with those gators! Voted up.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on May 07, 2012:

So cool! I love that show "Swamp People" because I am so fascinated by those animals. They are so smart! I really enjoyed the "interview"! lol I also thought it was great how you distinguished the two creatures!

That is wild they swallow rocks? I had no idea!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 07, 2012:

drbj, I now know more about alligator and crocks than I ever hoped. This was really a very thorough hub with numerous interesting. I sure wouldn't want to meet up with the 21" crock while he was alive. Very interesting.

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on May 07, 2012:

Wonderful information, presented in a very interesting way. I really liked this. I actually went to eat Friday night at a restaurant that offers Gator meat on their buffet. No, I am not adventurous with my food and didn't try it or the frogs legs. I ate the chicken and pork chops. haha

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on May 07, 2012:

I was very pleased to make Al's acquaintance through your interview, at arm's length I could say. I'm glad you were able to complete this in-depth interview and make it safely home to publish it. Another wonderful interview hub, drbj!

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