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An American Alligator in captivity at the Columbus Zoo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Crocodilia
Family: Alligatoridae
Genus: Alligator
Daudin, 1809

Alligator mississippiensis
Alligator sinensis

An Alligator is a group of animals in the order Crocodilia. The genus Alligator has two living species, the American Alligator and the Chinese Alligator.

Together with the caimans, the Gharials and the Crocodiles they make up the order Crocodilia, the crocodile-like. The difference between an alligator and a crocodile is, that you can not see the fourth tooth in the lower jaw of an alligator when the alligator's mouth is closed. You can see the fourth tooth in the lower jaw of a crocodile when its mouth is closed. Sometimes it is said, that alligators have as wide a snout as crocodiles have a narrow snout, but there are also some crocodiles with wide snouts. It can reach 6 metres (20 feet) and weigh 540 kilograms (1,190 pounds).

They are known to attack by grasping a limb, then quickly rotating to incapacitate the victim.

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