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Alligators and Crocodiles | Gift Guide

Updated on May 31, 2015
Alligator in Merchant's Millpond State Park
Alligator in Merchant's Millpond State Park | Source

Alligators and Crocodiles Make Fun Gifts

Alligators and crocodiles are reptiles - scaly and even scary-looking - yet people continue to be attracted to these creatures and children love them in 'toy' form. The popularity of these reptiles is evidenced by the numerous tourist attractions filled with these Big Lizards!

These are two different, yet similar, animals that live in tropical areas of the world, even co-existing together in the Florida Everglades. They don't 'pal around', but they do manage to share the same swamps in this one place.

Let's have a look at a few fun facts of each, then see what form these alligators and crocodiles take as interesting gifts. And I'm not talking Alligator Purses or Crocodile Pumps here. No alligators or crocodiles were harmed in the telling of this story!

See You Later, Alligator... - After 'While, Crocodile!

The song was written by Louisiana songwriter Robert Charles Guidry and made popular by this Bill Haley recording. It popularized a catchphrase already in use in the 1950s. Since I'm a '50s girl, I remember it well.

ALLIGATOR

ALLIGATOR
ALLIGATOR

Alligators....Crocodiles... Make Fun -- and Educational -- Gifts

Alligators and Crocodiles
Alligators and Crocodiles

Learn all about these fascinating cold-blooded reptiles, how and where they live and hunt, and how to tell them apart.

 
There's an Alligator under My Bed
There's an Alligator under My Bed

A funny tale written for children 2-8 to make them smile and help relieve their fears after a nightmare.

 

Sizes & Ages of these Big Lizards

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  • American alligators have an average weight of 800 pounds and are about 13 feet long.

    There is a record of an alligator at a zoo that lived to be 75 years old.

  • Crocodiles can be found in a variety of sizes, from the dwarf crocodile, which grows to be about 3 to 5 feet long, to the saltwater crocodile which can reach more than 15 feet long and weigh well over 2,600 lbs..

    There is a crocodile at the Australia Zoo in Queensland that is estimated to be 130 years old.

Wooden Alligator Rolling Toy
Wooden Alligator Rolling Toy | Source

Wooden Alligator on Wheels

Handmade in Wood

This Wooden Alligator on wheels is the creation of Ooh Look It's a Rabbit on Etsy.

Dozens of darling wooden toys are hand-crafted by Susan from Wentzville, Missouri and featured in her Etsy shop she calls Ooh Look, It's a Rabbit!.

Mama Alligator with Babies

Safari Ltd Incredible Creatures Alligator with Babies
Safari Ltd Incredible Creatures Alligator with Babies

A 'learning tool' to introduce your child to our delicate and often endangered inhabitants of our planet. This replica of a mama alligator with her babies is hand painted, phthalate-free and safety tested. It is accurate down to the last detail.

 
I Love Lizards Pin
I Love Lizards Pin | Source

Two Kinds of Alligators... - Twenty-Three Kinds of Crocodiles

  • There are only two kinds of Alligators - The American Alligator, native to and found throughout the southeastern United States, with more than one million alligators each in the states of Florida and Louisiana.

    The Chinese Alligator is found only along the Yangtze River and is so endangered (with only a few dozen believed to be left in the wild) that far more Chinese alligators are found in zoos.

  • Crocodiles live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. Southern Florida is the only place where both alligators and crocodiles live side by side.

  • Check out CROCODILIANS: Natural History & Conservation for information on all 23 species of crocodiles.

Alligator Crayon Holder
Alligator Crayon Holder | Source

Alligator Crayon Holder

This Crayon Holder is in the shape of an Alligator. It's a handmade woodcraft painted with non-toxic craft acrylics in an "alligator green", sprayed with an acrylic clear coat and sanded smooth.

Alligator holds 24 crayons (22 across his back and 2 in his mouth). He's 16 inches long and 4 inches tall. The alligator is just one of a variety of wooden crayon holders, push toys, wooden puzzles and whimsical wood d├ęcor created by Donald and LaShaye Overman of Salisbury, NC. Their wooden wonders are on display in their Etsy shop Southern Made Signs and Designs.

An Alligator for Toddlers...

Plan Toys Dancing Alligator
Plan Toys Dancing Alligator

A 'green' toy in more ways than just color -- this alligator pull-toy is made from non-toxic natural materials such as organic rubberwood.

 

Florida Gators Art Poster - Florida + Alligators = the University of Florida :-)

The Florida Gators are the intercollegiate sports teams that represent the University of Florida located in Gainesville, Florida.

Our family are big fans of the Florida Gators. Our son attended Graduate School there and his son now thinks he'd like to attend UF. :)

CROCODILE

Crocodile photo taken at La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico
Crocodile photo taken at La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico | Source

Crocodiles and Alligators - What's in a Name?

  • The name alligator comes from el lagarto, the Spanish term for "lizard" and was named by the early Spanish explorers and settlers in Florida.

  • Crocodile comes from the Ancient Greek word crocodilos, which means "lizard".

Crocheted Crocodile
Crocheted Crocodile | Source

Cute Crocheted Crocodile!

How cute. This delightful stuffed crocheted plush crocodile toy is the clever creation of Lea from Strasbourg, Alsace, France.

Lea calls her Etsy Shop Cute Creations by Lea. It is filled with her cute art, handmade stationery, knits and patterns.

Crocodile Warning at the beach
Crocodile Warning at the beach | Source

Does Your Beach Have a 'Crocodile' Warning?

A Beach in Australia Does!

The larger crocodiles of the world can be very dangerous to humans because they are very fast on both land and in the water and can strike before you can get out of the way. Their land-speed is up to 11 mph (over a short distance), so best not to get too close!

Pictured here is a caution sign at Trinity Beach in Queensland, Australia warning bathers that 'crocodiles may be present in these waters'. I think that would discourage me from a day at THIS beach! :)

A Croc - Block Wagon for Babies... - Ages 6 months to 3 years

Fisher-Price Stack 'n Surprise Blocks Musical Croc Block Wagon
Fisher-Price Stack 'n Surprise Blocks Musical Croc Block Wagon

These stacking blocks with peek-a-boo, pop action in a crocodile themed wagon with fun sound effects and music by Fisher-Price will keep baby amused

 
American alligator and crocodile
American alligator and crocodile | Source

Comparing Alligators to Crocodiles - The shape of their heads is the easiest way to tell the difference.

The alligator's snout is wider and U-shaped. (Left)

A crocodile has a very long, narrow, V-shaped snout. (Right)

What Do Crocs and Gators Eat?

  • Alligators with its wide snout, have more crushing power and can eat prey like turtles, along with fish and small mammals.

  • Crocodiles eat fish, birds, mammals and occasionally smaller crocodiles.

Plush Gater Alligator

Aurora World Gator Alligator Plush Hand Puppet, 10"
Aurora World Gator Alligator Plush Hand Puppet, 10"

This cute green alligator has dreamy eyes and soft cuddly fabric and is bean-filled. He doesn't eat much because he's a 'stuffed animal'. :-)

 

Which would you choose ... an Alligator or a Crocodile?

State Your Favorite Lizard -- Alligator or Crocodile

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See You Later, Alligator. . .

After While Crocodile!

Hope You Enjoyed these "Lovable Lizards"

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I used to live in southern Florida (on the Gulf Coast) and saw a few alligators myself in my yard. :)

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      Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Since I moved to Florida, 10 years ago, I've seen dozens, maybe hundreds of alligators. They even come and sun themselves in my backyard sometimes.

      Anyway, I find them fascinating creatures.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks for the visit, OhMe. I had an alligator in the canal off my property in Florida many years ago. That was scary enough. LOL. I'll take my alligators in plush form, thank you. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I am definitely afraid of both the crocodile and the alligator but I do like these gifts.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks, TreasuresBrenda. That image does show there is quite a difference in the shape of their heads.

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      That's a great photo - the one showing the differences between an alligator and a crocodile.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Thanks, Brite-Ideas. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      This is so nicely put together Pat, love it - and only 2 kinds of Alligators and 23 kinds of Crocodiles? didn't know that :)

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      Heather Burns 2 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      You're going to hate me but I think God made alligators and crocodiles so I can have boots, purses and belts!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Sylvestermouse, we had a baby alligator in the waterway off our property in Florida once many years ago and had to call the animal control people because he tried to climb up the bank into our back yards. That was as close as I wanted to get to an alligator in the wild...LOL.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      I enjoy reading and learning about alligator and crocodiles, but I am not particularly keen on meeting either one of them up close and personal. My son has always loved alligators. Maybe because they are big lizards :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Cute, Heather426. Enjoy your boots, purses and belts! I will admit those would be safer than a 'real' alligator or crocodile! :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      @Ruthi: Stuffed toy alligators are the most fun. :)

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I prefer my Dr. Seuss ABC Alligator--it is a stuffed toy!

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      eugenecepf2 3 years ago

      Nice. My son cannot sleep without his stuffed alligator.

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      yarfodg 4 years ago

      A wonderful very interesting creative lens... I learned some valuable facts - Thanks for sharing!

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      Rhonda Albom 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting and I really liked the side by side photo. Made the differences really easy to see.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      What fun this has been to look through your selections!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago

      A wonderfully creative lense - thank you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's a fun lens for me to visit again because I do like lizard toys. :)

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      You totally grabbed me with the great title of this lens! What a wonderful and creative niche! Blessed!

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      Robert Zimmerman 4 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      Being from South Florida we have to get along with the big (and little) lizards!

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Oh, that Croc-Block toy would be a great gift for my granddaughter! She loves those big lizards!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      Just had to stop back by and spread a bit of Angel Dust!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      They really are oh so lovable when they are plush or in photos :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh, I forgot to tell you that I used to have a lizard the was about 3' long. It was an iguana, and was a friendly one. :)

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I like the phrase...from the swamps of ebay...cool. We have an 8 foot alligator in the retention pond behind our church. I have seen him on the bank. I'm hoping we will get enough rain for him to wander back into the swamps. He is not so lovable.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is so unique, and very well done. I love your presentation.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Sorry - I live in crocodile territory and find absolutely nothing attractive in them.

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      Deb Kingsbury 5 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      You mentioned being attracted to alligators. Well, I think they were oddly attracted to ME when I lived in Florida. I had a number of ... interesting close encounters, including one BIG 'un that quietly came up behind me while I was standing on a golf course green, waiting to pull the pin for the guy I was with. He suddenly froze and got very wide-eyed. I turned slowly (my head) to see--gulp--that 15-foot "lizard" less than 15 feet behind me. Eek! I'd much rather have a cute little stuffed alligator toy, thanks.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      You always find such fun and unique gifts! Just as importantly, I finally learned the difference between an alligator and a crocodile, thanks to you. I could try and pick between them but they both have great smiles. :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What fun ideas for alligator and crocodile lovers! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Nice Primer on the critters.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Awesome Alligator gifts.

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      imolaK 5 years ago

      These alligator gifts are very nice. Blessed!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I love the wooden Alligator puzzle and the Crocodile stuffed animal! Yes, I do realize there is a difference in the two, but I think the real animals both scare me equally. lol My own sister has an alligator that lives behind her house. She is crazy about the thing! Maybe I just should have said she is crazy. lol Ok, I know, I can't talk. I love grizzly bears and wolves. Wonder what that really says about the two of us. We like dangerous creatures that are stronger and bigger than us? Ouch!!!

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      aishu19 5 years ago

      These are interesting gifts. I particularly liked the Alligator puzzle

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      DecoratingEvents 5 years ago

      I knew there was a difference between alligators and crocodiles -- now I know what it is! Thanks for the learning. I liked the stuffed one best! :D

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      Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I don't have a preference between the alligators and crocodiles. Each could do me as much damage as the other ;) However, these reptilious gifts and collectibles are quite wonderful :)

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      Malu Couttolenc 5 years ago

      Crocodiles are very interesting animals. very interesting info and products. The alligator puzzle and the crayon holder are a cute gift :)

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      Terrific page on of my favorite creatures. They are repulsively "cute." I have a lot of gator stuff around because of research I did a number of years ago. My friends decided I needed gator paraphernalia. Good photos and I love the alligator crayon holder. I wonder if it would hold pens....

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm not tempted to give one a hug, but they are fascinating. Lots of interesting info on this page.