Adult female Chinese alligator, which from this photograph is difficult to distinguish from a similarly-sized American alligator. The juvenile colouration has been lost, although adults do not attain the black colour normally seen in their American cousins. Adult Chinese alligators also reach much smaller sizes - 1.5m is considered large, despite reports in the old Chinese literature of these animals reaching 3m (over 9 feet).
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