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Stuart is the editor of Fauna Facts. He edits our writers' work as well as contributing his own content. Stuart is passionate about sustainable farming and animal welfare and has written extensively on cows and geese for the site.

Can Alligators Smell Blood?

Alligators have a strong sense of smell. They can smell a drop of blood in 10 gallons of water. They use their powerful sense of smell to locate carcasses even if the carcass is several miles away. Alligators have an acute sense of smell. Unlike other reptiles, such as the snake, an alligator does not …

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Do Alligators Eat Fish?

Yes, alligators eat fish. Fish is the main diet of alligators, which applies to both juveniles and adults. Big gators eat rough fish, and they also expand the menu by eating turtles, amphibians, and small mammals. When alligators are small, they hunt fingerlings (small fish) and insects. Then, as they get bigger, they graduate to …

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Can You Outrun a Crocodile? (Don’t Try This At Home!)

Most humans cannot outrun a crocodile at close range because crocodiles can run at 17km/h (11mph) for short distances. Over longer distances on land, crocodiles are clumsy and can not maintain this speed. However, crocodiles can only run in short bursts. They cannot sustain this speed. As such, a human with fast reflexes can outrun …

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8 Types of Alligator A to Z List (Living and Extinct!)

There are only two types of alligator left in the world. These are the American alligator and Chinese alligator. There are 6 species of alligator now extinct. While the American alligator is still abundant, the Chinese alligator is considered vulnerable according to the IUCN red list. All 8 other types of alligators are now completely …

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All 27 Types of Crocodiles (A to Z List with Pictures)

Like other animals, not all crocodiles are alike. There are three sub-families in the crocodile class, which includes the Alligatoridae, Crocodylidae, and the Gavialidae. For all these families, there is a total of 27 species. There are only two species left in the Gavialidae family, a few for the alligators and caimans, and several for …

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What Colors are Alligators and Crocodiles?

Alligators have a darker color than crocodiles. Most of the time, alligators are blackish-grey. Crocodiles, on the other hand, are light-colored. Crocodiles are typically olive green or brown (tan). The color between these two cold-blooded reptiles varies because of their environment. A study shows that crocodylians modify their skin color in response to the changing …

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Why Crocodiles Aren’t Considered Marine Mammals

Crocodiles are not mammals, they are semi-aquatic reptiles. Crocodiles and other reptiles belong to the Reptilia class of animals and are typically cold-blooded, scaled, egg-laying animals whereas mammals belong to the Mammalia class and are warm-blooded, covered in fur, and give birth to live young. Reptiles are cold-blooded creatures with scales or plates, and they …

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