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85 Alligator and Crocodile Tattoos (and their Meanings)

Crocodiles and alligators have been on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs. They are the last survivors of nature and, given their many abilities, they are perfectly capable of adapting to any difficult situation.

Word "crocodile" comes from the Greek "krokodeilos", which can be translated as "man of stone". It is a reference to the animal's rough skin, which protects it from elements and predators strong enough (or crazy enough) to confront this powerful creature. But despite their almost impenetrable armor, crocodiles and alligators have an obvious weak point: their soft belly.

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In the ancient world, crocodiles were revered as powerful gods of creation and life. The Egyptian god Sobek was often invoked to protect the pilgrims who lived on the banks of the Holy Nile ferocious crocodiles of the river. Sobek was a creator god often represented with the symbol of life, the Ankh. The Egyptians were so in love with these intriguing creatures that they had built a prosperous city in their honor: Arsinoe (later named Crocodilopolis by the Greeks). In extension of their role of creators, Maya thought that the world was carried by four massive crocodile. The native peoples of North America considered these incredible reptiles as symbols of power and status.

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In the Indian tradition, these indomitable animals commanded the Svadhishthana, the spiritual energy responsible for creation and human emotions. Since the crocodile is closely associated with water (the natural element of the subconscious, emotions and sexual energy), it is not surprising that crocodiles are seen as totem animals. Svadhishthana.

The language itself is influenced by these powerful animals. The expression "crocodile tears" represents the connection between the human psyche and these incredible creatures.

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The legendary call for the union of crocodiles has become a symbol of male power and manhood. Male crocodiles are famous for how they make their bodies vibrate, so as to "dance" the water around them. This call to union can be heard for miles around and is a fascinating sight for nature lovers. This may explain their reputation as sweet Casanova and the importance of crocodiles and alligators in many creative legends around the world.

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Difference between tattoos of alligators and crocodiles

In general, these two animals really few dissimilar features, which makes the confusion between the two species very easy and explains why these often represent the same symbols. The difference between these two reptiles lies in their physiology. The most obvious divergence is at the level of their mouths. That of the alligator is shorter and rounder and its head heavier, while the crocodile has a mouth and a head longer and aerodynamic. Crocodiles, in general, are larger and more aggressive than their alligator cousins ​​and live near salt water. Alligators, on the other hand, love wetlands and cool water areas.

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Meaning of crocodile and alligator tattoo designs

In general, these impressive animals represent:

  • The statute
  • Creation
  • The danger
  • The balance
  • The absence of fear
  • Strength
  • Male power and manhood
  • Intuition and subconsciousness

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Variations of tattoos of alligators and crocodiles

Alligator and tribal crocodile

Tribal motives come from different parts of the world and convey spiritual messages from the cultures of the indigenous peoples to which these motives belong. The tattoos of alligators and tribal crocodiles not only represent a strong connection with the natural water element but also the raw power of an incredible animal, male strength and virility.

Alligators and cartoon crocodiles

The tattoos of cartoon alligators and crocodiles represent your lighter and more innocent side. In essence, you are a kind soul but, under the surface, hides an unsuspected strength.

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