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FAMILY:
ALLIGATORIDAE

A. mississippiensis
A. sinensis
C. crocodilus
C. c. apaporiensis
C. c. fuscus
C. latirostris
C. yacare
M. niger
P. palpebrosus
P. trigonatus

FAMILY:
CROCODYLIDAE

C. acutus
C. intermedius
C. johnstoni
C. mindorensis
C. moreletii
C. niloticus
C. novaeguineae
C. palustris
C. porosus
C. rhombifer
C. siamensis
M. cataphractus
O. tetraspis
T. schlegelii

FAMILY:
GAVIALIDAE

G. gangeticus

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Alligator sinensis

Alligator sinensis

Hatchling alligator held in the palm of a hand. Although similar in appearance to its American cousin as a juvenile, differences become much more apparent as the animal grows, although it attains a much smaller adult size than the American alligator. Still highly threatened throughout its very limited range, its fate is still very much in our hands.

Photograph courtesy of Steve Grenard

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Click Head of juvenile Chinese alligator Click Submerged adult female Click Hatchling alligator held in hand





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