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Here comes the smartest reptile of them all: the saltwater Crocodile. It’s also the largest reptile in the entire world, growing up to 23 feet long. See how it’s eyes and nostrils are on the top of its head? That’s so it can hide underwater while it watches you. There are about 64 razor sharp teeth in that huge mouth, no wonder the gangs screaming to get away! But although the Croc's jaws are extremely strong, they’re better at closing the mouth than at opening them. That’s why Alan’s trying to hold its mouth shut, but please don’t try this at home!
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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.

Behaviour

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.

Appearances

Jumanji Crocodile Sarah

A Crocodile tries to eat Sarah.

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.

Jumanji PC game

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.

Board Game

MB Instructions

Instructions.

  • Secret symbol: Raft
  • Number: 3

In the Milton Bradley board game, a Crocodile's portrait is on the side of the game box and on the instructions insert, 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.

Jigsaw Puzzles
In 1995, Milton Bradley produced three variant Jigsaw Puzzles as promotional tie-ins for the 1995 Jumanji film.

  • Jumanji Animals
Jumanji Animal Jigsaw 100pc

A collection of different Jumanji animals that appeared in the 1995 film. Against a red background, the scene depicts the Jumanji board game and the dice in amongst a Rhinoceros, Elephant, Lion, Crocodile, Pelican and Bats emerging from a gap in the Parrish Mansion's Library wall, as a reference to the iconic Stampede scene.

Crocodile smile

A Crocodile licks it's lips.

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.

Crocodile bribe

Peter bribes a Crocodile with meat to eat his chains off.

Crocodiles tend to hide in water and wait for passing prey to be ambushed and then dragged to their deaths by the Croc's powerful jaws. As seen in The Trial, Crocodiles could also be bribed with fresh meat, evidently when Peter Shepherd deliberately left a slab of leftover meat on his prison chains for the Croc to bite through with it's strong teeth, unintentionally setting him and Eep free.

Croc 2017

A Croc leaps out of the water.

In the 2017 film, the four players were led by Seaplane McDonough (Alex Vreeke) through a series of tunnels under the Bazaar, and had to pass over a bridge of deep water, where a congregation of leaping Crocodiles waited below them. Fortunately, Seaplane McDonough laid out a plank across the chasm for the five players to cross, safely out of reach of the leaping Crocs below.

Jumanji 2017 Croc Map

The Croc illustration.

A Crocodile illustration also appears on the Jumanji map closing credits next to the executive producers David Householter and Jake Kasdan's credits.

References

  1. The Extreme Book of Nature