American alligators are the largest reptiles in the United States. They are well-adapted swimmers, and use their powerful tail to propel through freshwater. However, alligators are generally slow when moving on land. An alligator can go through 3,000 teeth in its lifetime. Once its teeth become worn down, they are replaced. You can distinguish an alligator from a crocodile by its teeth. A crocodile’s mouth will expose two giant teeth when their jaw is shut. Also, alligators tend to have a wider and more rounded snout than crocodiles.
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