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|AzDryBones is pleased to offer the following selection of crocodilian species from around the world. It is our intention eventually to be able to offer every one of the 21 species of alligators, caimans and crocodiles. We are currently negotiating to obtain a Cuban Crocodile (Crocodilus rhombifer). Watch for it in our listing!|
|ALLIGATORS AND CAIMANS:|
American AlligatorOnce common from Eastern Texas to the southern tip of Virginia, the American Alligator is now restricted to an area between the Rio Grande River in Eastern Texas and Northern Florida. A broad snouted creature, the American Alligator has about 80 massive teeth, which help it feed on hard food, such as turtles, as well as fish.
Length of skull: 24 inches.
Broad-snouted CaimanA very wide snouted form with a marked ridge on the muzzle, it is restricted to the eastern part of South America outside the Amazon drainage. They feed principally on hard food such as snails, crabs and crustaceans.
Length of skull 8 inches.
Schneider's Smooth-fronted CaimanA small and primitive caiman found in the Amazon and Orinoco drainages, attains a length of 2.25 meters (7 feet). Their eyes are covered by a bony scute called a palpebral bone, which has been cast as part of the skull. Length of skull 10.1 inches. Price: $139.00
Cuvier's Smooth-fronted (Dwarf) CaimanA bit smaller than the other Smooth-fronted Caiman, reaching a length of 1.7 meters (5 feet). Palpebral bones cast with the skull.
Skull length 7 inches.
African Dwarf CrocodileA relatively primitive crocodilian, the Dwarf Crocodile is endangered throughout its range.
Length of skull 10.6 inches.
West African Long-snouted CrocodilePrincipally a denizen of rivers, marshes and pools in rainforest areas, this crocodilian grows to a length of 3 meters (9 feet). Feeds primarily on fish, as suggested by the elongate, narrow snout.
Length of skull 16 inches.
References we have found useful dealing with crocodilians are:
Steel, Rodney 1989 Crocodiles, Christopher Helm, London.
This book contains good sketches of the head of each of the living species.
Steel, Rodney 1973 Crocodylia, Gustav Fisher Verlag, Stuttgart.
A technical review of all living and fossil crocodiles, it contains descriptions of the skulls of all the living species, and illustrations of most, though some of the illustrations are semi-schematic.
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