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The only place in the world that the American alligator and American crocodile coexist in the world is in South Florida. A land where escaped amphibians and reptiles rule the land, resulting in the proclamation of Florida as the most invaded state in the world: where invasive animals run rampant. To me, it looks like a subttropical climate landlocked in the US, is becoming increasingly like its tropical counterparts further south, bolstered by the caravans of shipments in the southern Florida ports. Though South Florida is considered a tropical climate already, I wonder if the warming temperatures and gulf storms are pushing conditions northward, exacerbating the invasive problem. Is this a relic of the tropics holding the greatest biodiversity? Would a land where more species per unit measurement coexist in astounding diversity and species number also mean that it is prone to more invasive species given its higher capacity for accommodation for a wider range of animals? I don't have the time or energy on this Sunday to fact-check and research my curiosity, so I welcome any biologists following my account to chime in.
Bear Ears National Monument, what may be later verified as the world's largest caches of reptile fossils in the world, if its not lost to extraction, mining, and industry if up for sale to the public holds many phytosaur fossils, the early relative of the modern crocodile and alligator, which looked almost exactly the same as crocs today.
Did you know the A. alli and croc diverged from one another as disparate species long before the human and chimp, long before dinosaurs went extinct?
Yet, the time-telling skills they bestow on us defy man-made hours and minutes:
How do you really tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? You will see one later and one in a while.
Or, as NYT recently published, the crocodile's longer humerus and femur bones that can only be detected as a difference using statistics. (In addition to the wider-accepted longer snout and interlaced close-mouthed "grin".) .
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