Look Again: They are Not The Same

Do you wish to know the differences between crow vs cukoo, crow and cukoo, alligators and crocodiles, crocodiles vs alligators, rabbit and hare, rabbits vs hares, butterfly and moth, butterflies vs moths, frogs and toads, frogs vs toads, rats and mice, rats vs mice, rat vs mouse, rabbits and hares, rabbits vs hares? Read on to find out…

Is it easy to differentiate a crocodile from an alligator? Have you find it hard to identify which is a moth and which is a butterfly? We find it hard to differentiate as they look very similar. Find out how to differentiate them in this article. 

Crocodiles and Alligators: 

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The one similarity between crocodiles and alligators apart from their looks is that they both belong to the family of animals called crocodilians. Let us now go to the differences between crocodiles and alligators. 

  1. Crocodiles have narrow and a V-shaped snout while alligators have broad and a U-shaped snout. The only crocodile that has a U-shaped snout is the Indian mugger.
  2. Crocodile’s snout is not stronger like those of alligators.
  3. Both upper and lower jaws of the crocodiles are of same size when the mouth is closed while the alligator’s upper jaw is wider when compared with its lower jaw.
  4. Crocodiles are light olive colored while alligators are blackish.
  5. Alligators live in fresh water while crocodiles prefer sea water.
  6. Both crocodiles and alligators have glands on the tongue, but only crocodiles’ glands are capable of secreting excess salt.
  7. Crocodiles can be found almost anywhere in the world, but alligators are found in United States and China only.  

Frogs and Toads: 

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Don’t frogs and toads look the same? These are the minute differences that can help us differentiate a frog from a toad. 

  1. Skin of a frog is smooth and wet while the skin of a toad is dry and covered with warts.
  2. The hind legs of frogs are longer than toads and these hind legs are webbed.
  3. The body and the waist of frogs are narrower when compared with toads.
  4. The eggs are laid by frogs in clusters while toads lay them in long chains.
  5. Frogs jump to save it from predators while toads secrete unpleasant tasting skin secretion to save it from predators.
  6. Majority of the frogs live in water while toads live on land and lay eggs on water. 

Rats and Mice: 


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Another creature that we often fail to differentiate is rat and mice. Find out the differences between a rat and mice. 

  1. Rats weigh more than a mouse.
  2. Rats have long and thick tails while mice have long and thin tails.
  3. The features of rats are in general blunt while the features of mice are pointed.
  4. When you look at the ears of the rats they would be much smaller as compared with their body sizes and this is not so with mice. 

Rabbits and Hares: 

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Have you heard of the famous hare and the tortoise story and the lion and the rabbit story? Have you thought both rabbits and hares are same ever? Behold…they are not same. 

  1. Rabbits are born naked and blind while hares are born with furs on their body and are not blind.
  2. Rabbits have shorter hind legs when compared with hares that have large and long hind legs.
  3. The fur of the rabbit doesn’t change color while the hares change color from grayish brown in summer to white in winter.
  4. Their eating habits also differ. Rabbits in general eat soft food items like grass and vegetables while hares go for food items like bark, shoot and small twigs.
  5. During day time, rabbits prefer to stay in their burrows while hares stay near the plant surfaces.
  6. Rabbits live in colonies while hares live all by themselves. Hares come together only during mating season. 

Crows and Cuckoos: 

These are the differences of crows and cuckoos: 

  1. The eyes of crow are black while that of cuckoos are red.
  2. Crows are little bulky in their middle while cuckoos are slim.
  3. Crows caws while cuckoos call looks as though they are singing.
  4. Crows eat fruits, cooked foods, dead rats, etc., while cuckoos eat caterpillars. 

Butterflies and Moths: 

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They both belong to a group called Lepidoptera. They can be differentiated on the following: 

  1. You can see butterflies flying during the day while moths during the night.
  2. While at rest, butterflies’ wings are folded whereas the moths’ wings are spread out.
  3. The abdomens of butterflies are slender while that of moths are fat.
  4. During a pupa stage, butterflies form open chrysalis while moths form cocoon.

I think with this guide it becomes easier to identify or differentiate one from the other even though these species look alike.

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59 Responses to “Look Again: They are Not The Same”
  1. Melinda J Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:00 am

    You’re right.

  2. Noeal V Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Nice Share.

  3. Raj the Tora Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Very good information. Will be very helpful for nature lovers.

    Cuckoo vs. Crow appears to be an inspiration of my article http://scienceray.com/biology/crow-and-cuckoo-look-alike-but-are-different/ :)

  4. Starpisces Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Excellent post! I have been thinking of these but did not find out, only know frogs are green colour, toads are brown, rabbits are white, hares are brown etc
    For alligator and crocodile, I thought they are the same.
    I always remember ABC.
    A – Alligator
    B – Buaya (Malay word, meaning crocodile or alligator)
    C – Crocodile


  5. clickmarbin Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:09 am

    wow very useful

  6. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:22 am

    This is a lesson in itself. Very good information.

  7. Ramalingam Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Quite interesting article, in particular the difference between an alligator and a crocodile and a rabbit and a hare.But the difference between a cuckoo and crow is well known.While crow builds a nest, a cuckoo does not; in fact a cuckoo lays its eggs in the nest of a crow.Cuckoo is a lazy bird except for its singing, but a crow is more sprightly and sociable.Your article is also thought provoking.Thanks for your share.

  8. ashan1614 Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Good info – this clears up a lot of confusion.

  9. melphens Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I only know the difference of gators and crocs, the rest are new to me. very informative post.

  10. wonder Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:36 am

    This is truly educative and interesting.

  11. vijayanths Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:46 am

    nice post with useful information.

  12. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I agree. You’ve explained very well with words and pics. :-)

  13. PSingh1990 Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Nice Share.


  14. BriannaMorgan Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 11:09 am

    great informative post

  15. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Totally good info and well presented.. terrific pictures too!

  16. K64FUNNY Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Fine post,thnx for information

  17. Kaye TM Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    i know about the croc/gator and rabbit/hare, but others, nope! tnx for the lessons. =p

  18. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Some of these animals are hard to tell apart. thanks for the info.

  19. Kopykween Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Well researched post Anu, enjoyed reading it. However, the first thing that came to mind was, if you happen to be in the wild and spot a croc/alligator, don’t stop to tell the difference…just run!!


    On September 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I didn’t know there was a difference .Thanks.

  21. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Very interesting!



    -Joie Schmidt.

  22. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Fascinating! Thanx

  23. cavik Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Very interesting! Learned many new things

  24. Emmie Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Fantastic post. I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between any of those, but i might have a better chance with this now.


  25. giftarist Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Totally great. Thanks for sharing this.

  26. Citra Florenca Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Very interesting article, Anuradha, this is one of the easiest method to differ animals that I’ve read. The rabbit and the hare is probably hard to differ lol

  27. LCM Linda Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Interesting comparisons. Learn new things. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Goodselfme Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I always thought it was at the eyes that aligatiors and crocks could be seen as different.

  29. LoveDoctor Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Great article with interesting facts. Thanks for sharing the difference between alligators and crocodile. I thought they were the same type of reptiles.

  30. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    @Kopykween, I enjoyed ur comment. Yes…we must surely run away if we spot crocs and gators in a jungle.

  31. Sweety Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Good info. Nice share.

  32. Eunice Tan Says...

    On September 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Good info.

  33. Mythili Kannan Says...

    On September 15, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Great share. I knew about crow-cuckoo, butterfly-moth. But the rest I always had confusion. Thanks for sharing.

  34. phoenix2010 Says...

    On September 15, 2010 at 12:51 am

    wonderful article, i love crocs and aligators a lot…

  35. Priyanka Bhowmick Says...

    On September 15, 2010 at 12:58 am

    this is simply excellent.. i too never knew the differences betn them.. thnx for the informations

  36. flowerrose Says...

    On September 15, 2010 at 7:45 am

    very good researching. You’re very lovely

  37. ShadowPsychos Says...

    On September 15, 2010 at 8:43 am

    great interesting write :)

  38. achilles2010 Says...

    On September 15, 2010 at 10:57 am

    It is a great articles to know the difference between these creatures. Very educative and very informative. Picture quality is nice. Very well explained, thanks for sharing.

  39. papaleng Says...

    On September 15, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    good you pointed these out. very educating share.

  40. drelayaraja Says...

    On September 15, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Great information Anu. Well researched, compiled and presented.

  41. Francois Hagnere Says...

    On September 16, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Very well researched and beautifully illustrated. Really liked this informative piece. Thank you.

  42. obikelvin Says...

    On September 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

    This is extremely beautiful.I enjoyed reading this awesome write.Thanks for sharing.I\’m grateful that i came across it.You’ve made my day.

  43. babyishinilej Says...

    On September 16, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thank you for sharing..

  44. earthlyjewels Says...

    On September 17, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Nicely done. I like the comparisons. Thanks for the post.

  45. MaxBuceo Says...

    On September 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Great job. Thank. I like it

  46. CA Johnson Says...

    On September 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    This was a very interesting article. I always thought that aligators and crocodiles were similar until now.

  47. Sharif Ishnin Says...

    On September 19, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Highly interesting comparison between these animals. I like the illustrations that accompany this post as well. Thanks for this great post.

  48. valli Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Fascinating read.

  49. Sunjhini Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    thats very interesting
    thanks for sharing

  50. gopalha2 Says...

    On September 20, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    very good article. thnk yu


    On September 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    a really fascinating article. very educational, informative and enjoyable to read. the diagrams were definately an asset to enhance this beautiful script. i enjoyed it all. thanks very much for sharing. i love it all.

  52. mkd1788 Says...

    On September 22, 2010 at 8:32 am

    very interesting…fantastic information i got today..great researched..

  53. Carol M Creasey Says...

    On September 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Wow, what a knowledge you have, well done!

  54. anandakrishnan Says...

    On September 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Excellent anurdha. How do u get all these details

  55. yes me Says...

    On October 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Cheers I enjoyed that

  56. Gail Nobles Says...

    On October 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    I enjoyed reading you’re article. Way back in my mind, I wondered about the difference between these animals. I never really tried to find out the difference as I wondered, and I don’t know why. To me, a hare was just a rabbit. I knew a mouse and a rat were different. A Crocodile was just an alligator to me. Thanks for sharing this info.

  57. jamesrcoffey Says...

    On October 7, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Surprising how many people don’t know these differences. Easiest way to spot the difference between a toad and frog is to watch them move. Toads hop, frogs leap. Good information!

  58. Karen Gross Says...

    On October 21, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Well researched and illustrated – very informative.

  59. crisdiwata Says...

    On October 23, 2010 at 1:52 am

    A well-researched article, very educational. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it.

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