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What are features of alligators?

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April 10, 2008 6:42PM

Alligators have wider snouts than crocodiles; only their upper set of teeth can be seen because their upper jaw is larger than their lower; they tend to be darker in colour; there are two species of Alligator - the American Alligator and the Chinese Alligator (which is smaller than the American Alligator); the average size for an American Alligator is 14.5FT and their average weight is 650 pounds. Alligators have jaws designed to crush bone, and their bite force is 3000PSI (pounds per square inch), making their jaws the most powerful (after the saltwater and nile crocodile, which have a bite force of over 5000PSI). Alligators most distant relative are caimans, who look exactly like alligators but have a bony ridge, and are usually smaller (although the Black Caiman is bigger than the American Alligator, and some species of crocodile). Generally, alligators are not as fierce and aggressive as crocodiles, and alligators can be found in both China and North America :) Hope this helped :)