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Alligator Tooth

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Alligators, along with other crocodilians, were among the few reptiles to survive the mass extinction that killed nearly all dinosaurs and marine life 65 million years ago. In fact, crocodilians and birds are the sole survivors of a much larger and more diverse group called the archosaurs.

There is debate over exactly when alligators evolved from crocodiles, but fossils show that both of these families have gone virtually unchanged since the Late Cretaceous.

One way you can tell alligators from crocodiles is by their teeth. An alligator’s lower teeth fit into sockets in the upper jaw and remain completely hidden when their mouth is closed. A crocodile’s lower teeth are exposed on the outside of the upper jaw when their mouth is closed.

 

 

These teeth were legally purchased from a licensed alligator farm.

Each tooth is <1".

This listing is for one tooth. Photos are representative of the tooth you may receive. Larger specimens will be prioritized first.

 

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An alligator is a crocodilian in the genus Alligator of the family Alligatoridae . The two living species are the American alligator ( A. mississippiensis ) and the Chinese alligator ( A. sinensis ). Additionally, several extinct species of alligator are known from fossil remains. Alligators first appeared during the Oligocene epoch about 37 million years ago. The name "alligator" is probably an anglicized form of el lagarto , the Spanish term for "the lizard", which early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida called the alligator. Later English spellings of the name included allagarta and alagarto .

Alligators are native to only the United States and China . American alligators are found in the southeast United States : all of Florida and Louisiana ; the southern parts of Georgia , Alabama , and Mississippi ; coastal South and North Carolina ; East Texas , the southeast corner of Oklahoma , and the southern tip of Arkansas . According to the 2005 Scholastic Book of World Records, Louisiana has the largest alligator population. The majority of American alligators inhabit Florida and Louisiana, with over a million alligators in each state. Southern Florida is the only place where both alligators and crocodiles live side by side.

 American alligators live in freshwater environments, such as ponds , marshes , wetlands , rivers , lakes , and swamps , as well as in brackish water . When they construct alligator holes in the wetlands, they increase plant diversity and provide habitat for other animals during droughts. They are, therefore, considered an important species for maintaining ecological diversity in wetlands. Farther west, in Louisiana, heavy grazing by coypu and muskrat are causing severe damage to coastal wetlands. Large alligators feed extensively on coypu, and provide a vital ecological service by reducing coypu numbers.  

The Chinese alligator currently is found in only the Yangtze River valley and parts of adjacent provinces and is extremely endangered, with only a few dozen believed to be left in the wild. Indeed, far more Chinese alligators live in zoos around the world than can be found in the wild. Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in southern Louisiana has several in captivity in an attempt to preserve the species. Miami MetroZoo in Florida also has a breeding pair of Chinese alligators. 

 

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Perfect Gift for the Aspiring Zoologist

My 8 year old nephew loved them! I liked that the alligator teeth came in little specimen containers like Petri dishes.

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R.S.

Lovely quality!

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Perfect Gift for the Aspiring Zoologist

My 8 year old nephew loved them! I liked that the alligator teeth came in little specimen containers like Petri dishes.

R
R.S.

Lovely quality!

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