Crocodiles are large semi-aquatic reptiles that live throughout the tropics in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia. In the dimension of Jumanji, Crocs are very aggressive, powerful predators that tend to congregate in freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes, wetlands and sometimes in brackish water and saltwater.
The Crocodile is also one of the game board's playing pieces.
Crocodile size, morphology, behaviour and ecology differ somewhat among species. However, they have many similarities in these areas as well. Crocodiles are the most social of reptiles. Even though they do not form social groups, many species congregate in certain sections of rivers, tolerating each other at times of feeding and basking. They are one of the few species that can co-exist with hippopotamus as long as Crocs stay out their way and from their young.
Depending greatly with species, size and age, all crocodiles are carnivorous animals, feeding mostly on vertebrates such as fish, reptiles, birds and mammals, and sometimes on invertebrates such as mollusks and crustaceans, depending on species and age. Crocodiles are ambush predators, waiting for fish or land animals to come close, then rushing out to attack, mostly eat fish, amphibians, crustaceans, mollusks, birds, reptiles, and mammals, and they occasionally cannibalize smaller crocodiles. They will also hunt any humans that they spot, swimming after their prey that can't get away in time.
All crocodiles are tropical species that, unlike alligators, are very sensitive to cold.
In the 1995 film, Crocodiles are one of the main dangers of the game, evident by having an obsidian like game piece which is used by Judy Shepherd, the 3rd player.
One of Sarah Whittle's dice rolls summoned Jumanji Monsoon into the Parrish Mansion, where the house was flooded on the first floor, eventually triggering the appearance of a pair of Crocodiles that pursued the players as they swam for higher ground. When the players attempted to climb onto the chandelier, one Croc capsized the dinner table and attempted to devour Sarah, while the second tried to swallow Peter Shepherd, narrowly missing him after Alan Parrish pulled him out of reach by his monkey tail. Alan then proceeded to dive into the water and wrestle with the Croc that harassed Sarah.
Meanwhile, Nora Shepherd and Officer Carl Bentley tried to get into the Parrish Mansion, but ended up being blasted off down the street by the draining mansion. They sailed down river on the front doors, while getting spooked by the passing Crocodiles. Sarah thanked Alan for saving her, mistaking the reptile for an Alligator, with Alan correcting her.
Once Alan Parrish finally reached Jumanji's crystal ball and called out the name, the Crocodiles and other animals were pulled back into the game's dimension and everything from the altered timeline was undone.
In the Jumanji (1996 Video Game), Crocodiles appear both in the game and on the game's box art.
- Monsoon Lagoon (Crocodile Totem): The player plays as Alan Parrish. The house is flooded with water and the player must jump from one piece of furniture to the next, across the rapids. Hazards include hippos and crocodiles.
- Secret symbol: Raft
- Number: 3
In the Milton Bradley board game, a Crocodile's portrait is on the side of the game box, while having it's own danger card instead of being part of the Monsoon. Rolling a Raft on the rescue die within 3 seconds will defeat the Crocodile threat.
In the animated series, Crocodiles appear as aquatic predators, even having the honour of being the first to appear in the opening titles. While several of Jumanji's wildlife like Crocodiles are natural, some happen to be creations of Professor J.S. Heinrich Ibsen. Like the 1995 film, Alan Parrish is able to tell the difference between an Alligator and a Crocodile, such as when releasing one within the inner Brantford: The Game dimension, realising that the book it came from was under the A section instead of the C section.
In the 2017 film, the players pass over a bridge of deep water, where a congregation of leaping Crocodiles waited below them.