What Happens If There was No Gravity? | Who Smarted?


Speaker 1 (00:00):

Hey there, smarty fans, especially parents and educators, we’ve got something special for you and it’s not just another exciting episode of Who Smarted? It’s a chance for you to help shape the future of our show. We’re on a mission to make who smarted even better for both our brilliant young listeners and their amazing parents and educators. That’s why we’re inviting you to participate in our exclusive First Ever Who Smarted survey to let us know what’s working and where we can improve. So parents and educators, grab a cup of your favorite beverage cozy up and take a few minutes to fill out our survey. Head over to who smarted.com and click survey together. Let’s make who smarted the best it can be. Thanks for being an awesome part of our smarting community. And remember, the survey is at whosmarted.com. Just click survey. Hey SmartyAnts. I’m meeting up with my old dinosaur hunting buddy Robert Maroon for another adventure. Today we’re in the wild tracking an animal that’s been around since the dinosaur. See if you can guess what it is. It’s long and low to the ground with short stumpy legs. It’s got a huge mouth with a super powerful jaw filled with sharp, jagged teeth and they’re equally at home on land and in the water.

Speaker 1 (01:27):

Any guesses? Did you say the alligator?

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (01:30):

Or perhaps you said crocodile mate.

Speaker 1 (01:32):

Either way, you’re right. If you remember our episode on Dino relatives, we mentioned both alligators and crocodiles haven’t changed much over the past 150 million years. So the crocodiles roaming around most of the southern United States look exactly like the crocodiles that the dinosaurs used to see.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (01:53):

Except it’s the alligator that’s roaming most of the southern us, not the crocodile.

Speaker 1 (01:59):

Either way, what we’re doing is very dangerous. Alligators have been known to attack people. So if you see one of these green skinned creatures slithering or swimming towards you or even anywhere near you, it’s best to stay away.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (02:21):

Actually, crocodiles are the green ones. Well, more Oliver tan alligators are black or gray. And Crocs are more likely to attack though you still don’t wanna mess with a gator. Oh, I’d stay away from both. Look, there’s one now.

Speaker 1 (02:38):

What? An alligator or a crocodile.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (02:40):

Now’s our chance. Quick follow me.

Speaker 1 (02:43):

But you just said to stay away.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (02:45):

Now time for chit chat, mate. This way. Oh no, the horror.

Speaker 1 (02:52):

What’s wrong? Is there a crocodile or alligator in this playground? Run. Kids run.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (02:57):

No, look right in the center. It’s a roc.

Speaker 1 (03:01):

You mean the crocodile sprinkler shooting water out of its mouth?

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (03:05):


Speaker 1 (03:05):

We ran through the jungle to see a crocodile sprinkler.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (03:08):

Hey, it’s a better way to point out what makes a crocodile a crocodile without getting eaten. Uh,

Speaker 1 (03:14):

Okay. Oh

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (03:16):

Look, it’s a crock.

Speaker 1 (03:18):

You said that already.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (03:19):

No, I mean they got it all wrong.

Speaker 1 (03:21):

Because it’s wearing sunglasses.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (03:23):

No, look at the sign above it.

Speaker 1 (03:25):

Yeah, it says one cool crock,

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (03:28):

But it isn’t a crocodile. Look at its snout and teeth. It’s clearly a gator. That’s it. We’re going to find some real alligators.

Speaker 1 (03:38):

You mean crocodiles?

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (03:39):

Those two. But first let’s get some ice cream. It’s a Scorcher. Two vanilla cones. Please. You mind paying for it? I left my wallet in the Jeep.

Speaker 1 (03:50):

Sure. Okay. Smarty pants. While Maroon eats his ice cream, I’ve got three questions for you. How can you tell the difference between a crocodile and an alligator? Where can you find each of them? And why are these dangerous creatures so important to our world? It’s time for another whiff of science on

Speaker 3 (04:09):

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Speaker 1 (04:31):

Hey, smarty pants. We’re standing on a dock waiting for a ride to take us through the habitat of one of nature’s most dangerous creatures. The crocodile,

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (04:40):


Speaker 1 (04:40):

Hang on. Smarty pants. Are you thinking the same thing I am? Aren’t crocs and gators basically the same? They’re both huge reptiles with big jaws, lots of teeth. They live on land and in water and they’ve been around since the Dinos. So why is it such a big deal? What we call them

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (04:58):

All That may be true, mate, and a lot of people mix ’em up, but the fact is they’re very different creatures and most times they don’t even live together. Say you are in Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, or as far as Eastern China, and you say to me, see you later, alligator. How should I respond? Uh,

Speaker 1 (05:20):

In a while, crocodile?

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (05:22):

Nope. I’d say who mate? Who Smarted?

Speaker 1 (05:25):

Roommate. I don’t think anyone says that in China.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (05:28):

No, but they shouldn’t be saying anything about crocodiles either. While those states and China have heaps of alligators, there aren’t any Crocs there. Now say you are in Africa, Southeast Asia, south or Central America, or my native Australia, and you wanna say goodbye, what would you say?

Speaker 1 (05:47):

I have no idea.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (05:49):

Repeat after me. You too Smarties. Ready? You’d say, HRU mate, see you tomorrow.

Speaker 1 (05:57):

Who roommate. See you tomorrow.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (05:59):

To which I would say in royal crocodile. See, in those parts of the world, you can’t say, see you later alligator. cause there isn’t no Gators, but there are Crocs. Oh, fun fact. There’s only one place in the entire world where you can find both crocodiles and alligators.

Speaker 1 (06:21):

SmartyAnts, can you guess the one spot in the world where alligators and crocodiles live together? Here’s a hint. It’s in the southernmost state in the United States of America. Did you say Florida?

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (06:32):

Good on you mate. South Florida, to be exact. In the wild wetlands known as the Everglades, which happens to be where we are. I asked my reptile expert cousin Allie to take us on a tour in her airboat. Hi Allie.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (06:52):

Hey Maroon. I’ll ready to see some crocs and gators?

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (06:56):

Let’s do it. Do it.

Speaker 1 (07:00):

So wait, you two are cousins.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (07:03):

Yeah What’s so strange?

Speaker 1 (07:04):

No, it’s just you’re very Australian and she’s very Floridian.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (07:08):

Bless your heart. Maroon and I have distant relatives. Our family split more than a hundred years ago when my great grandparents moved to America and he stayed in Australia.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (07:20):

That’s kind of like what happened with alligators and crocodiles except their family split 80 million years ago before the dinosaurs went extinct. These creatures don’t change much over time, which is why they’re so similar.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (07:36):

But with the trained eye, you can tell ’em apart. Now look at that alligator resting on a log over there. You see its snout, that

Speaker 1 (07:49):

Big long thing with teeth. Yeah, I see it and I’m glad it’s way over there.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (07:54):

Well, an alligator snout is broad round and U-shaped. And when its mouth is closed, you can see only its upper teeth. That’s because it’s lower jaw is a little bit smaller than its upper.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (08:08):

On the other hand, a crocodile has a longer narrower sout that’s more pointed and v-shaped. It’s upper and lower jaws are about the same size. So when croc’s mouth is closed, you see some bottom teeth too. It kind of gives an evil smile. And those sharp teeth, they aren’t for chewing mate.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (08:27):

That’s one thing Crocs and gators have in common. They use their teeth to bite into animals and hold them. Sometimes they tear their food into smaller chunks, but most times they’ll just swallow their prey hole.

Speaker 1 (08:41):

Yeah, I think I’ll stay far away. What do they eat?

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (08:45):

All kinds of things from itty bitty fish to great big buffalo and yeah, the occasional human.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (08:53):

Here’s a cool thing. You know how you lose your baby teeth and grow adult teeth, but if you lose an adult tooth, that’s it. It’s gone. Crocodiles and alligators have an unlimited number of teeth. So if one pops out, another one grows in over and over again.

Speaker 1 (09:12):

Wonderful. Can we talk about something other than their terrifying teeth? Where are the crocodiles anyways? I’m only seeing alligators here.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (09:20):

That’s cause we’re in fresh water, sweetie. Gators love it. Fresh water is found in rivers, lakes, and streams. Crocodiles can live in fresh water, but they prefer saltier waters. The kind found in bays, coves, and some swamps. The Everglades is a special place because it has both fresh water and salt water. I’ll head towards the salt water nap. Can you guess where the salt comes from?

Speaker 1 (09:51):

SmartyAnts. Can you guess what gives the Everglades? Its salt water. Is it A, the Gulf of Mexico. B Florida’s largest lake, lake Okeechobee C, the Pacific Ocean, or D, a giant shaker of salt.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (10:05):

The ocean does have heaps of salt water mate, about the Pacific is nowhere near Florida.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (10:11):

I reckon some of you SmartyAnts remember me saying fresh water can be found in lakes and Lake Okeechobee is full of fresh water,

Speaker 1 (10:20):

Which means the answer is A, the Gulf of Mexico.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (10:24):

Crocodiles are often found in swamps and other salty waters near the gulf along the south Florida coast. Look, I see one over yonder.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (10:33):

Crikey. Look at that long, narrow sout and those big, sharp, upper and lower teeth, nasty things you can easily imagine those digging into your leg. Isn’t that right, narrator?

Speaker 1 (10:48):

I’m trying not to imagine that. Are we safe here? Didn’t you say earlier that crocodiles are more likely to attack?

Speaker 4 (Allie) (10:55):

Relax. I know how to keep us safe. That’s important to remember. Never ever go near an alligator or crocodile without a trained expert like myself. Also, while the crocodile is known to attack humans in Africa and Australia over here in the states, they’re a lot less aggressive. In fact, in Florida it’s an alligator that’s more likely to attack you. But that doesn’t happen often.

Speaker 1 (11:22):

I’m still keeping my distance.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (11:24):

Me too. All this talk about alligator and crocodile attacks makes me wonder who’d win in a fight between them? Who’s the better beast?

Speaker 4 (Allie) (11:34):

That’s a toughie, but I’d have to say, hold

Speaker 1 (11:37):

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Speaker 4 (Allie) (14:05):


Speaker 1 (14:05):

Who’d win in a reptile wrestling match? An alligator or a crocodile?

Speaker 4 (Allie) (14:10):

They don’t really fight much. Ah, but let’s say they did. If they did fight. Crocodiles are usually larger and more aggressive than alligators. So I’d say the crocodile ha. I knew it. You owe me an ice cream narrator.

Speaker 1 (14:25):

Did we even bet?

Speaker 4 (Allie) (14:28):

Of course there’s one beast that’s a huge threat to gators and crocs.

Speaker 1 (14:34):

Smarty pants. Do you know, shout out your guesses? I heard rhinos, hippos, pythons, Godzilla. So what is it?

Speaker 4 (Allie) (14:46):

Humans. Humans hunt crocs and gators so much. Both families are in danger even though they’ve been around millions of years. Recent laws have cut back on hunting, but many still do it illegally. Not to mention, when developers build on wetlands, they destroy the habitat of alligators and crocodiles.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (15:06):

A shame considering, they do so much for the world

Speaker 1 (15:09):

They do. I thought they were just mean and scary.

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (15:12):

Listen mate, take the Nile crocodile, one of the nastiest creatures on the earth. It actually helps the environment by eating the river’s catfish without crocodiles, the catfish would eat up many of the other fish that the birds rely on for food. Some 40 bird species would starve without the crocodile and gators here in the States also keep the animal population stable. Plus, they dig holes and trails that end up becoming homes to fish and marine life, which are food for many animals, including humans.

Speaker 4 (Allie) (15:45):

We should all be grateful these creatures exist. Well made it back safely later. Gators

Speaker 1 (15:53):

In a while. Crocodile

Speaker 2 (Maroon) (15:54):

Who run to you?

Speaker 1 (15:57):

A big shout out to Emiliano and Isabella and Hammond, Indiana. Thanks so much for listening to Who Smarted While Eating Breakfast. Pass the cereal please. This episode, Gators Versus Crocs was written by Dave Berry and voiced by Brandon Bayless, Sophie Platt, and this guy Jerry Colbert, technical direction and sound design by Josh Hanh, who Smarted is recorded and mixed at the Relic Room Studios. Our associate producer is Max Kaki. The theme song is by Brian Suarez, with lyrics written and performed by Adam Tex Davis, who Smarted was created and produced by Adam Tex Davis and Jerry Colbert. This is an atomic entertainment production who

Speaker 4 (Allie) (16:43):


Speaker 1 (16:46):

Hey there, smarty fans, especially parents and educators. We’ve got something special for you. And it’s not just another exciting episode of who Smarted. It’s a chance for you to help shape the future of our show. We’re on a mission to make who smarted even better for both our brilliant young listeners and their amazing parents and educators. That’s why we’re inviting you to participate in our exclusive first Ever Who Smarted survey to let us know what’s working and where we can improve. So parents and educators, grab a cup of your favorite beverage cozy up and take a few minutes to fill out our survey. Head over to who smarted.com and click survey together. Let’s make who smarted the best it can be. Thanks for being an awesome part of our smarting community. And remember, the survey is at whosmarted.com. Just click survey.