Crocodilians
Crocodilians
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ABout Crocodilians

See you later, alligator. After a while, crocodile.

Beginning Memorial Day weekend, you can see these remarkable reptiles at our new exhibit, Alligators & Crocodiles: The Fight to Survive presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

Revered for their unmatched strength and respected for their tenacity, alligators and crocodiles are among the most impressive reptiles on the planet!

Not only are these some of the largest living reptile species, they’re also among the oldest. Crocodilians originated more than 200 million years ago. With their scaly, armored bodies, razor-sharp teeth and massive tails, they resemble the dinosaur relatives they outlived.

But how will you tell our closely related reptile species apart? The answer is right on the nose! Crocodiles have a long, narrow snout while alligators sport a broad, shovel-shaped snout.

Who’s at the Zoo

American alligator and Orinoco crocodile

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FACTS & COUNTERS
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Average Size
10-17 feet
200-900 pounds
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Native Region
Southeastern United States down to South America
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Eating Habits
Fish, small mammals, birds, frogs, insects and smaller reptiles
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CONSERVATION STATUS
Orinoco crocodiles are critically endangered
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Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Where are they at the Zoo?
Alligators & Crocodiles: The Fight to Survive is located on the Zoo's west side, near the Plains entrance.
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