The only other crocodilian in Costa Rica is the Spectacled Caiman; the crocodile is considerably larger and has several other distinguishing features. The American Crocodile’s head is more narrow and elongate with a skinnier snout, and the fourth tooth on both sides of the lower jaw is visible when its long mouth is closed. The croc also lacks the bony ridge that the caiman has in front of its eyes. This croc is different from other crocodiles in the Americas because the adult has a smooth bump or wart in front of each eye. Its body can be shaded from green to olive or grey with dark crossbands on its back and tail and a white or cream belly. It has webbed fingers to aid in swimming.
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