Top Ten Commonly Confused Animals

Top Ten Commonly Confused Animals

Alligator and Crocodile
Alligator is having U-shape shorter and wider shape while Crocodile have longer and V-shaped head.
Fourth tooth of the Crocodile sticks out when its mouth is shut while Alligator have no such feature.

  • Crocodile are more aggressive then alligator
  • Crocodile are adaptive to live in seawater and can lift their body off the ground.
  • Crocodile are found all over the world while Alligator are only in US and China.

Asian Elephant and African Elephant
African elephant are taller and heavier than its Asian cousin. African Elenpant can be between 4000 to 7000kg in weight while the heaviest Asian Elephant can be 6000kg.

  • African Elephant top of the head is a single dome whereas Asian elephants have a twin-domed head.
  • African ears are like a map of Africa and Asian ears smaller like the shape of India. African ears are much bigger and reach up and over the neck.
  • African Elephant is having wrinkled skin while Asian elephant are having smooth skin.
  • All African elephants are having tusk whether they are male or female, while only few Asian male elephant are having tusk.

Tortoises and Turtles
Tortoises and Turtles both the reptiles are from Chelonian family who are shielded by shells. Though they are the most confusing animals but still there are some major difference between these two.

  • Turtles are very good swimmer infact they spend most of their life under water, they only comes out of the water is to lays eggs, but mother Turtle will quickly return back to water, leaving her hatchlings alone.
  • Tortoise dwells well on land, mother tortoise provides protection to their hatchlings for around 80 days after their birth after which they survive their own.
  • The shell weight of tortoise is heavier then turtle. The lifespan of tortoise is 80 to 150 years, the longest living tortoise is 326 years while the life span of turtle is 20-40 years and the oldest was 86 years.

Leopard, Cheetah and Jaguar
Leopard is built for strength so it is very strong with shorter legs, while Cheetah is built for speed so it is having long legs. Cheetah can run at the speed of 113/km while Leopard can 60/km. But when we compare the strength of Jaguar it is powerful then leopard.

Leopard is more active in night while Cheetah is more active during day time.
Both Jaguar and Leopards are having broken ring shapes spots but the main difference between these spots is Jaguar spot is having black dot in broken ring shape spot while Cheetah are having circle and oval shaped spots.

Cheetah are having tear line from eyes to mouth.
Leopard like to drag its prey up to trees while Cheetah likes grassy plain area and Jaguar loves to spend its in the water.

Frogs and Toads
Both Frogs and Toads are amphibians (who can leave on land as well as on water), though in first glance it is quite difficult to make any difference between these two but still they physical difference like.

  • Frog is having long powerful legs for jumping but Toads only can walk or hop.
  • Frog is having really smooth skin while Toads are having dry and bumpy skin.
  • Though both are amphibians but still frog like to live mostly in water while toads on land.
  • Frog have teeth while Toads do not have teeth.

Hare and Rabbit
Though both Hare and Rabbit are belong to the same Lagomorpha family still there are several important difference between them.

  • Because Hare have large ear and legs with comparison to rabbit as a result they are faster and larger then there cousin Rabbit.
  • The young rabbit born without hair and eyesight, they are born-blind, while hare are not they born with hairs and eyesight as a result they fed themselves.
  • Baby-rabbits are called kittens, kit, or, least and commonly bunny while baby-hares are called leverets.
  • Rabbit are social animal they lives in colonies while Hare live themselves.

Donkey and Mules
In terms of physical appearance, Donkeys and Mules are similar. Mules have smaller, ears and long hairy tail like horse, while donkeys have a tail like cow (a long, continuous muscle, with a small tuft of hair at the end).
But the main difference between donkeys and mules is that mules are born by breeding male donkeys with female horses. They are said to be stronger, calmer and more capable workers than donkeys, and even have an extra chromosome.

Wasps and Bees

  • Wasps are more aggressive compared to bees.
  • Honey bees die after they sting someone. Wasps can sting multiple targets.
  • Wasps live in papery nests while honey Bees live in geometric wax hives.

Bees are pollinators, spending much of their lives visiting various plants and flowers to gather and distribute pollen. Wasps, however, are predators or parasites of other insects. Their bodies are sleeker and more streamlined for hunting.

Llamas and Alpacas
The Llama is roughly twice the size of the Alpaca. An adult llamas can reach up to 400 pounds, while an adult alpaca weighs between 100 and 175 pounds.

  • Llamas have longer faces while alpacas have more of a smashed face.
  • Llamas have little hair on their face and head, while alpacas have a large tuft of hair on the top of their head that falls into their eyes.
  • Llamas have a very coarse outer coat over a softer inner coat, while alpacas have a very fine, single coat.
  • Llamas have long banana-shaped ears while alpacas have short spear-shaped ears.

Seals and Sea lions

  • Seals are generally smaller than sea lions.
  • A seal’s front flippers are short and not very strong (and as a result, they will often belly crawl) while sea lions have long, strong, flexible flippers enabling it to “walk” on land.
  • Seals have stubby, thinly webbed flippers for their front feet, with a claw on each small toe, while sea lions have larger, skin-covered flippers.
  • Seals lack external ears, while sea lions have small flaps.
  • Seals have whiskers that are crimped or beaded, while sea lions have long whiskers.

Seals are loners and quiet, who spend most of their life in the water. On the other hand, sea lions are social and noisy, often gathering in herds of up to 1500 individuals barking to each other.

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