Alligator vs. Crocodile

Photo Frame Made of Vintage Alligator (LEO Design)

What is the difference between an alligator and a crocodile?

Alligators usually live in freshwater, have heavy, blunt snouts, and live up to 50 years of age. Crocodiles live in salty (or brackish) water, have longer, pointed snouts, and have been known to live 100 years.  Their tanned skins, used in handbags, shoes, or photo frames (like the one shown above) have a difference too.  Crocodile skins have a little “pore” on each scale, a follicle where a hair-like ISO (Integumentary Sense Organ) once stood.  These “hairs” allowed the crocodile to sense his environment—providing warning of predator or prey. Alligators lack these hairs and, thus, lack the hair follicle.

The frame shown above, was crafted from a re-purposed vintage Alligator handbag.