Alligator Coloring Pages
They may look the same but alligators are actually different from crocodiles. Seriously, though, I too can't distinguish these reptiles from each other, unless I take a good hard look on the pictures of both of them. Alligators have shorter muzzle than crocodiles but you wouldn't notice it on the first glance. Probably it's because their terrifying look. You won't spend a single second to spot the difference between one monster and another if they look really scary like this one. Still, as frightening as they look, alligators are actually a gentle animal. They won't run after you if you don't bother him. They always look calm and peaceful when not intimidated.
Anyway, if you want to teach a thing or two about this particular reptile to your child, you might want to use these alligator coloring pages. You know, just to make things more fun. You can then assist it using some colorful books about amazing reptiles where you can read some fun facts about them too. Speaking of fun facts, I've included some about Alligator. Turns out, this animal is ancient. Some scientists even label them as a living fossil. Their origin dates back in the prehistoric times where earth still crawled with dinosaurs. Now that's one old animal!
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Alligator Coloring Pages
Fun Facts about Alligators
- There are two different species of alligator, the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. American alligators live in south-eastern areas of the United States such as Florida and Louisiana. Chinese alligators are found in the Yangtze River but they are critically endangered and only a few remain in the wild.
- Alligators grow tons of teeth. They have between 74 and 80 teeth in their jaws at any given time, and as teeth wear down or fall out they are replaced. An alligator can go through over 2,000 teeth in its lifetime.
- You really, really don’t want to be bitten by an alligator. A 2004 study of wild and captive alligators found that large individuals bite down with 13,172 Newtons–or 2960 pounds–of force, one of the most powerful bites ever recorded for a living animal.
- Like other reptiles, alligators are cold-blooded. They need the help of the sun to regulate their body temperature. Also, Alligator eggs become male or female depending on the temperature, male in warmer temperatures and female in cooler temperatures, pretty much like turtles which are also a reptile.
- Alligators are smarter than common reptiles in a way that they can use tools. American alligators have been observed using lures to hunt birds. They balance sticks and branches on their heads, attracting birds looking for nesting material.
- An alligator stomach is a hostile environment. Their stomach acids have a pH of less than 2. It's as sour as lemon juice and vinegar. Most soft-bodied prey is totally digested in two to three days. If you wound up in a gator stomach, however, you'd stick around a bit longer. Bone and other hard parts can take 13 to 100 days to disappear completely.