An aerial view of a sub-adult alligator, providing a good overview of its general morphology. Colour is also notably very dark, and the bright yellow cross-banding seen in younger juveniles is no longer apparent. The pattern of dorsal scutes along the back of the animal can also be made out. The smallish scutes behind the head are termed 'post-occipital', adjacent to the larger 'nuchal' scutes, which run into the 'dorsal' scutes which cover the back of the thorax and abdomen. The 'double-caudal' verticels along the tail eventually give way to 'single-caudal' verticels which run to the tip of the tail. The difference in size between front and rear feet can also be seen from this photograph, including the fact that webbing between the toes of the back feet is extensive, but much less so between the toes of the front feet (unlike A. sinensis in which there is none).
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