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Sculptures by Phyllis Bone

Family Alligatoridae

Central and South America and the southeastern United States.

In alligators the teeth of the lower jaw fit into pits in the upper jaw and cannot be seen when the mouth is closed.

Alligatorids include some of the largest and smallest extant crocodiles.
Largest: Caiman niger 6 meters in total length.
Smallest: Paleosuchus less than 1.7 meters in total length.
Preserved whole specimen from the museum