Can You Tell an Alligator from a Crocodile?

Can You Tell an Alligator from a Crocodile?

by Buffy Silverman
     
 

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A large, scaly animal with long jaws floats in the water. Its powerful tail swishes as it swims along. Did you just see an alligator? Or was it a crocodile? These animals look very similar, but they are different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart! Learn the fascinating differences between similar animals in the Animal

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A large, scaly animal with long jaws floats in the water. Its powerful tail swishes as it swims along. Did you just see an alligator? Or was it a crocodile? These animals look very similar, but they are different. Read this book to become an expert at telling these look-alikes apart! Learn the fascinating differences between similar animals in the Animal Look-Alikes series—part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction to life!

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Children's Literature - Kristin Harris
Alligators and crocodiles look very much alike. However there are differences that one can learn to tell them apart. One is the shape of their snouts. An alligator's snout looks like the letter u. A crocodile's snout looks more like the letter v. These differences indicate that they don't eat the same kinds of food. Alligators' strong jaws are good for crushing hard shells, while crocodile's longer jaws are better for catching fish. Another visual cue helpful in distinguishing one from the other is the teeth. When an alligator's mouth is closed only the top teeth extend over the jaw and are visible. Crocodiles' top and bottom jaws are the same size, so both sets of teeth are visible when it's mouth is closed. Crocodiles have dots all over their bodies while alligators only have them on their jaws. These dark spots on their scales are sense organs that detect moving water, an indication that a meal might be swimming in the vicinity. Alligators and crocodiles both gulp their prey whole or in chunks, they do not chew. Alligators usually swim in fresh water, while crocodiles can live around salt water. Large photographs and accessible large text make this volume very informative. Reviewer: Kristin Harris

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761367338
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Animal Look-Alikes Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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