(Description copied word for word from the Shark Reef Aquarium of Mandalay Bay website)
The Golden Crocodiles at Shark Reef Aquarium [Las Vegas, Nevada] are a hybrid of Saltwater and Siamese Crocodiles. These animals have less pigment than other crocodiles, giving them their unique golden color. They are typically found in swamps, lakes, rivers, streams, and brackish water, although they have been known to travel long distances by sea.
Golden crocodiles can reach up to 20 feet in length and weigh close to one ton, making them one of the largest reptiles on Earth. They are also one of the fiercest hunters, ambushing their prey and using their powerful jaws equipped with 60 teeth to clamp down and drag it to its demise. Our crocodiles are fed a diet of chicken, fish, and rats. They are fed 2 or 3 times a week, depending on the season.
Although these crocodiles are natural predators, about 35 years ago every species of crocodile, alligator, caiman, and gharial were endangered or threatened. Today, groups such as the Crocodile Specialist Group and the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) have developed conservation programs that have led to an increase in the populations of many crocodilian species.
While similar in appearance, there are 2 quick ways to tell a crocodile from an alligator. Crocodiles have a pointy “V” shaped snout, and when the mouth is closed, both the top and bottom teeth are visible. Alligators have a rounder “U” shaped snout, and when the mouth is closed, only the top teeth are visible.