“Crocogator Contest” is the eleventh episode of the third season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on July 25, 2014. Overall, it is the 77th episode of the series. This episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt. On July 21, 2014, “Crocogator Contest”, along with “Mosquito Dragon”, first aired in a Wild Kratts special called Swamp Things.
In this episode, when Chris surprises the crew with a question involving the differences between a crocodile and an alligator, the Wild Kratts decide to do an investigation in the form of a contest to examine the differences.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers are kayaking in the cypress swamps of Florida, where they find and confirm an alligator. At this time, they are unable to find crocodiles. Afterwards, they ask their “What if?” question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
After the Wild Kratts finish their breakfast, Chris surprises the crew by showing them a picture of a crocodile and an alligator, and asks them which is which. Koki and Aviva guess incorrectly, while Martin guesses correctly. To show the crew that there are differences, the brothers examine the colors, the snouts, and the sizes. Then Aviva and Koki ask them why they are different. This stumps the Kratt brothers, so they decide to investigate alligators and crocodiles up close. Martin then turns the investigation into a contest to see who can come up with the most differences and be able to find out why such differences exist. Martin and Aviva go as “Team Gator”, and Chris and Koki go as “Team Croc”, while Jimmy acts as the scorekeeper. Since both crocodiles and alligators live in Florida, Jimmy takes the Tortuga there. Team Gator decides to use Aviva’s Bass Boat, while Team Croc decides to use the Amphi-Sub.
Team Gator is the first to find to earn a point after Martin hypothesizes that alligators have wide snouts is due to the fact that they hunt big land mammals. They then find out that alligators’ hind legs lie mostly perpendicular to their bodies as they walk on land, and Jimmy gives Team Gator another point. Later, after following an alligator to an alligator water hole, Aviva starts making an Alligator Disc. Martin then activates his Alligator Creature Power Suit.
Team Croc finds their first crocodile after heading to saltier water, where they see it eat fish. Chris realizes that thin, long snouts are beneficial to crocodiles because they are fish hunters, and Jimmy gives Team Croc a point. Chris attempts to touch the crocodile when it starts attacking a tiger shark. After a few snaps from the crocodile’s jaw, the shark swims away. Jimmy gives Team Croc a point after Chris explains the reason why crocodiles are aggressive. As he wonders which team will win, a crocodile and an alligator enter the Tortuga. They start fighting, and Jimmy makes higher ground by piling equipment, fearing that he might get eaten by either one. The rest of the team hears his call for help, and after realizing that a crocodile and an alligator are in the Tortuga, Chris (after activating his Crocodile Creature Power Suit), Koki, Aviva, and Martin return to the Tortuga. The Kratt brothers, knowing that crocodiles and alligators are cannibals, miniaturize and lure the crocodile and alligator out of the Tortuga, deactivate, and avoid the crocodile and alligator. Not long after, Jimmy’s makeshift tower falls. Afterwards, Jimmy explains what he has learned about the differences and similarities between crocodiles and alligators.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. Martin finds a crocodile lying on the river bank. Afterwards, he and his brother conclude the episode by saying “Keep on creature adventuring; we’ll see you on the creature trail!”
ordered according to first appearance in this episode
Key facts & Creature Moments
- Alligators have dark skin, have rounded snouts, and prefer fresh water.
- Crocodiles have light skin, have pointed snouts, and prefer salty water.
- An alligator digs alligator pools with his claws and tail as a way to survive the dry season
- The alligator uses these pools to attract thirsty prey.
- American crocodiles are mostly fish hunters and have a long thin jaw makes it easier for them to move their heads sideways through the water quickly.
- Alligators of the same size usually get along okay.
- There are times when alligators and crocodiles will face-off against each other and sometimes the one that’s the biggest will win.
- Both crocodiles and alligators are cannibals, meaning that they eat their own kind.
- An American crocodile fighting a tiger shark
- An American alligator hunting a racoon
- An American alligator hunting a deer
- A standoff between an alligator and a crocodile
- Crocodilians have an antibiotic in their blood, which means that they rarely get infections. They are very intelligent and have been recorded using sticks as lures to get birds close enough to grab. Crocodilians also sometimes eat fruit to supplement their diet.
- “Crocogator Contest” is the debut of the Alligator Creature Power Suit.
- Crocodiles are comfy in both fresh and saltwater with no real preference.
- Alligators and Crocodiles are both equally aquatic and terrestrial.
- ↑ WETA Programming. (July 18, 2014). "Wild Kratts: Swamp Things! | New Episodes on WETA Kids." WETA. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- ↑ (July 15, 2014). "WILD KRATTS: SWAMP THINGS COMING JULY 21." Lakeshore Public Media. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- ↑ Avasthi, Amitabh. (April 7, 2008). "Alligator Blood May Lead to Powerful New Antibiotics." National Geographic News. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
- ↑ Naish, Darren. (November 30, 2013). "Tool use in crocodylians: crocodiles and alligators use sticks as lures to attract waterbirds." Scientific American. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
- ↑ Choi, Charles Q. (August 27, 2013). "Crikey! Crocodiles and Alligators Snack on Fruit." LiveScience. Retrieved July 27, 2015.