Top 10 Popular Crocodile-Alligator species

American AlligatorBefore proceeding further to this post I would like to tell you a brief difference between crocodile and alligator. There are many differences but some of the main physical appearance difference can easily differentiate both the alligators and the crocodiles. One of the main thing found in crocodiles is that they have a V shaped snout which is a long one and narrow as well while on the other hand the alligators have a U shape snout and it’s mostly very wide as well as compared to crocodile. The other common difference is this that crocodiles have both the jaws almost the same and the teeth’s used to show out all of the jaw line while alligators have upper jaw quite wider than the lower jaw and teeth of upper jaw are mostly visible almost covering the lower jaw teeth while on the other hand alligators have all of their teeth visible. The alligators and crocodiles are counted in the list of the most dangerous animals of the planet and they are among those who swallow the food mostly instead of chewing of biting it. This post is made on those top 10 alligators and crocodiles of the world from much different point of views including their living ratio, popularity, weight, length, , death toll and danger to humans and many more.





10. Gharial

Gharial Crocodile
is a Crocodile not an alligator and is mostly found in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan. Gharial is also known as gavial in most of the countries. Some of the recognizing features of Gharial are these that they have thin snout which becomes even more thin and thick with the age and most of the aged Gharial use to have a thick ball shape flesh at the top tip of their snout which is called Ghara. Both of the jaws of this fierce looking crocodile are linked up together with razor sharp teeth numbering 104 to 110. Gharial is one of the largest crocodile species present in the world right now. The fully matured Gharial can reach up to the length between 19 to 20.5 feet.


9. Freshwater Crocodile

Freshwater Crocodile

Freshwater Crocodile is also known as Australian freshwater crocodile and is mostly found in the northern regions of Australia and can be recognized about its species on the basis of light brown color. Freshwater Crocodile is one of the shyest species of crocodiles and normally a complete mature one can reach up to the length between 10 feet or sometimes 10.5 feet as well. A mutual combination of recorded and estimated research shows that Freshwater Crocodile usually can live up to 50 years or sometimes even more than that. One of the most interesting thing about Freshwater Crocodile is this that the attacking ratio to human beings of this massive reptile is almost equal to nothing as compared to other deadly reptiles.


8. Orinoco Crocodile

Orinoco Crocodile

Orinoco Crocodile is considered in one of those crocodiles who are very less present nowadays or in other words who life is at risk because of excessive hunting. Orinoco Crocodile is found mostly only in the northern region of South America. It comes in the list of the huge crocodiles because a fully mature Orinoco Crocodile can reach up to the length between 14 to 16 feet. When it comes to the diet Orinoco mostly rely on fish and along with that it’s a fast swimmer as well due to its strong legs and powerful tail. The normal weight of this mature fully grown huge reptile varies between 360 to 390 kilograms. One of the most interesting things about Orinoco Crocodile is that they are the biggest predators in South America.


7. Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman

Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman

Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman is a small crocodile inbetween the length of 4 to 5 feet. Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman is mostly found in the Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Paraguay, Guyana, Colombia, Peru, Surinam and Venezuela. One of the astonishing and interesting things which makes the eyes wide open after reading is that the recorded existence of this small reptile exceeds one million. Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman mostly eat fish and invertebrates.


6. Black Caiman

Black Caiman

Black Caiman is considered one of the most largest reptile present in the world right now having the length between 17 to 20 feet. Black Caiman is mostly found in South America. It’s an astonishing factor that there are very less Black Caiman left in the world due to the excessive hunting .On rough calculations and analysis there are round about 30,000 to 46,000 Black Caiman left. One of the main reasons of Black Caiman hunting is its hard skin which is mostly used in leather goods. The average life span of a Black Caiman is between 50 to 80 years and they have powerful legs, jaws and a strong tail. Along with that it has a powerful tail which helps him to swim very fast and catch what he wants.


5. Yacare Caiman

Yacare Caiman

Yacare Caiman are present in the world on the most in terms of population. Roughly analysis prove that there are more than 10 million Yacare Caiman present in the world and are mostly found in Paraguay, northern Argentina, southern Brazil, southern Bolivia and in the central South America. The Yacare Caiman are not that much huge in terms of its physical appearance and mostly a fully mature one is in-between the length of 7 to 10 feet. Yacare Caiman mostly eat aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates.


4. Broad snouted Caiman

Broad Snouted Caiman

Broad snouted Caiman is mostly found in Paraguay, Bolivia, northern Argentina, southern Brazil and Central South America. A fully matured Broad snouted caiman normally has a length between 8.2 to 11.4 feet. It’s a widely spread species and on rough research there are round about 0.5 to 0.6 million Broad-snouted caiman present in this world now but they are hunted the most and there are chances of its population reduction if the hunting will not be stopped. One of the things which makes this reptile very much attractive and eye catching is its physical appearance of having pale olive green color and spotted jaws which enhance the beauty of this huge reptile. Fish and amphibians are the most common diet of Broad-snouted caiman.


3. Spectacled Caiman

Spectacled Caiman

Spectacled Caiman is mostly found in Brazil, Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and central and South America. Spectacled Caiman mostly eat invertebrates and prefer fish and water snails as well but mostly when they are aged. They are mostly found in slow moving water, pounds, lakes, swamps and sometimes salt water as well. Basically Spectacled Caiman are medium sized crocodiles between the lengths of 5 to 7 feet. The estimated population of Spectacled Caiman is above 2 million. These crocodiles are popular because of their aggressive nature as well. Every year thousands of these crocodiles are hunted because of their exotic leather which is mostly used for luxury shoes and jackets.


2. Chinese Alligator

Chinese Alligator

Chinese Alligator is one of the 2 alligator species present nowadays. there are very less Chinese Alligator present in the world right now and the calculations approve that there are total below 400 in number  and above 95 % of them are found only in China. The average length of Chinese Alligator is between 5 to 7 feet and weigh between 45 to 55 kilograms. The Chinese crocodile is legally protected by the Law of Wildlife Conservation of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese Alligator mostly found and prefer to stay in slow moving water such as rivers, streams, swamps and lakes. The most favorite diet of Chinese Alligator is rats and ducks.


1. American Alligator

American Alligator

Here comes the most frightening one who makes your heart stop because of its fierce looks and eye catching frightening color, the American Alligator. It’s the 2nd alligator species alive in the world right now and when it comes to the population point of view American Alligator are leading in excess quantity. American Alligator are only found in the Southeastern United States .The average length of a fully mature American Alligator is between 12 to 15 feet weighing 150 to 400 kilograms. On the basis of rough analysis and calculations there are round about 3.5 to 3.8 million American Alligator present in this world right now.



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