Both alligators and crocodiles are members of the reptilian order Crocodylia. Their lineage goes back 240 million years, meaning they have outlived the dinosaurs by about 65 million years. Crocodiles can tolerate salt water due to specialized glands, while alligators have a strong preference for fresh water.
These creatures are big-time hunters and will eat just about anything they can get their teeth on, from fish and turtles to monkeys and water buffalo – and humans. The do not chew their food but swallow large chunks of their dinner whole.
(We had many exciting encounters with crocodiles in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. And did not get eaten!)
This skull rests on a custom-made wood stand.
23”L x 11.5”W x 10.5”H