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Top 10 Rare or Uɴᴜsᴜᴀʟ Crocodiles and Alligators

The main difference between an alligator and a crocodile is the shape of their noses (stouts). Alligators have a U-shaped nose and crocodiles have a V-shaped nose. There are also some amazing differences in each variety of species for each animal. Here is just ten of the world’s strangest, rarest and most ᴜɴᴜsᴜᴀʟ of the lot…

1 – Gavialis gangeticus

The gharial is a rather long-nosed fish loving croc that is also one of the longest of all living crocodilians They can grow up to a massive 6.25 m (20.5 ft) long!

2 – Osteolaemus tetraspis

He might look cute, but at 6ft long with a heavily armoured neck, back and tail he is also very ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs.

3 – Crocodylus porosus

Some saltwater crocs can grow over 6 meters long! That is one extremely large crocodile.

4 – Alligator mississippiensis

It is believed there are only 12 Lᴇᴜᴄɪsᴛɪᴄ Alligators in the whole world. Essentially this is just a normal Ameican Alligator that was born an ᴀʟʙɪɴᴏ.

5 – Alligator sinensis

This rare prehistoric beast is one of the smallest Alligator species in the world. And also one with the cutest nose!

6 – Paleosuchus palpebrosus

While he might be the world’s smallest species of a crocodile at 1.2m fully grow they are still quite large.

7 – Crocodylus siamensis

The Siamese crocodile is considered one of the least stuᴅɪᴇᴅ and most critically enᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀed crocodilians in the world. Sadly it may already be too late to observe them in a natural environment.

8 – Alligator sinensis

Believe it or not, there are only two known living species of alligator in the world! The first is the much larger American alligator (which we will come to see later) and this one the Chinese alligator which is much smaller and cuter looking.

9 – Crocodylus suchus

It was this species of crocodile that was most often found ᴍᴜᴍᴍɪfɪᴇᴅ inside Egyptian ᴛᴏᴍʙs and ʙᴜʀɪᴀʟ grounds. It is also the same species as seen on the Bust of Sobek, the Egyptian crocodile god!

10 – Mecistops cataphractus

While his snout is not as ᴜɴᴜsᴜᴀʟ as some of the others on this list it is still quite unusual. They are a medium-sized crocodile but can still grow up to 3 to 4 m (9.8 to 13.1 ft).

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