The Philippine Crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) is a small reptile from the freshwater rivers in The Philippines. It is also known as the Mindoro Crocodile. It is a crocodilian.
The Philippine Crocodile is brown to grey with a broad snout (nose) and thick bony plates on its back. Juveniles are brown, whereas adults are grey and become darker as they age.
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Is an alligator a crocodilian?
Yes, the American Alligator is a crocodilian.
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How does an alligator and a crocodile breathe?
Alligators and crocodiles cannot breathe underwater.
They have nostrils on top of their snouts so that they can breathe when they are on the surface of the water with most of their head submerged (their eyes and nostrils can be seen).
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The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is a large reptile, and also a crocodilian native to the southeastern United States of America. Crocodiles, alligators, gharial, and caimans are all crocodilians.
The American Alligator is dark grey, black or olive-brown, with a broad U-shaped snout (nose) and sharp, triangular teeth. Its teeth are not visible when its mouth is closed. Its underbelly is creamy-yellow. It has a long tail and short legs with claws.
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The East African Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus afrocanus) is the largest freshwater predator in Africa, and the second largest reptile in the world, second to the Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus). It is a crocodilian.
The East African Nile Crocodile is dark brown with faded blackish spots and stripes across its back, with a dirty-yellow belly. The colour darkens with age. It has four short legs, a long powerful tail, and a long snout with sharp teeth. They have thick scaly skin.
It has green eyes. Its nostrils, eyes and ears are on the top of the head, so that they can be seen out of the water when the rest of the body is underwater.
The East African Nile Crocodile has 64-68 sharp, pointy, cone-shaped teeth. It it loses a tooth, it can be replaced. On each side of the mouth, there are five teeth in the front of the upper jaw (premaxilla), 13 or 14 in the rest of the upper jaw (maxilla), and 14 or 15 on either side of the lower jaw (mandible).
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