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Tayla Brown

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Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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on Crocodiles and Alligators- What is the Difference?

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Ulrike Stohrer
Explorer

Very interesting article illustrated with beautiful images. Have learned a lot!

William Paynter
Digital Tracker

Having lived in Florida, USA for many years I became very familiar with Alligators and the differences between gators and crocs. Your analysis is very good. Thanks for reminding me. I do like your photos of both creatures, well done thanks Tayla.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Wel explained thanks Tayla. Some stunning foto’s were taken , the crocodile walking is an impressive foto. But they scare the life out of me.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks Twyla, for the interesting article.
I must say that of all the bigger animals, crocodiles are the ones I really am frightened of and which I don’t like though I think they are fascinating. Sometimes even quite funny, like the ones that you have at Londolozi at the causeway. With their ever open mouths, ready to catch any prey that happens to come their way.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Thanks Tayla for writing a definitive article on the differences between alligators and crocodiles. It’s easy to mis-identify when you’ve not spent time viewing either one. Traveling to Africa, one can be assured to see only crocodiles.
I love spending time on the causeway where I captured my first shots of a giant Kingfisher and Hammerkop in addition to the “resident” croc, lurking at the edge in hopes of something good to fall into his/her mouth.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Living in Florida, we experience alligators regularly. Your contrasts with crocodiles is informative. I have commented previously that stopping at the causeway has been one of my favorite places in Londolozi.
The image of “perfect shaft of light coming in from in front of this crocodile to illuminate the inside of its yellow mouth.” does not identify the photographer.

Hayley Myburgh
Explorer

Thanks for this great article.

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