A top-down view of the head of a sub-adult alligator, illustrating the characteristically broad alligatorine snout. Shape of the skull does vary between individuals, and recent studies by Meers have indicated that head shape is significantly different in captive individuals. If this trend is reflected in other crocodilian species, it raises a question concerning the fitness of captive individuals released back into the wild (the process of ranching).
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