Can You Tell an Alligator from a Crocodile?

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761367338
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: Animal Look-Alikes Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Buffy Silverman is the author of many books about nature and science for children. She also enjoys writing poetry for children. Buffy is lucky to live in a rural area of Michigan where inspiration is just outside the window. The sun shimmers on Stony Lake. A great blue heron flies low over the swamp. Black squirrels scamper across oak branches, stuffing leaves in their mouths and bringing them to a hollow. The animals that share her yard inspire stories and poems. With every book and article she writes, she learns more about the world.

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Table of Contents

Fat and Skinny Snouts 4

Toothy Grins 9

Sensing others 13

Hungry Hunters 16

Watery Homes 22

who Am I? 28

Fun Facts 29

Glossary 30

Further Reading 31

Index 32

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