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“Crocogator Contest” is the 11th episode of Season 3 of the PBS Kids show Wild Kratts. It is the 77th episode of the series overall. It premiered on July 21, 2014. 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. Afterward, 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 its 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. Afterward, 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. Afterward, he and his brother conclude the episode by saying “Keep on creature adventuring; we’ll see you on the creature trail!”
Note: Featured animals are in bold.
- American Alligator
- American Crocodile
- White-tailed Deer
- Flathead Grey Mullet
- American Bullfrog (called Frog)
- Largemouth Bass
- Spiny Softshell Turtle (called Softshell turtle)
- Tiger Shark
- Southern House Mosquito (called Mosquito)
Note: Live action and mentioned animals are linked to Wikipedia.
- “Crocogator Contest” is the debut of the Alligator Creature Power Suit.
Key Facts and Creature Moments
- Alligators and crocodiles are both in the order Crocodilia.
- There are differences between an alligator and a crocodile:
- Alligators are gray to dark gray. Crocodiles are olive green or brown.
- Alligators have wide, rounded snouts that are U-shaped. Crocodiles have long, pointed snouts that are V-shaped.
- An alligator's bottom teeth are inside its mouth. A crocodile's bottom teeth stick out of its mouth.
- Alligators are really big, growing up to 16 feet long. Crocodiles grow even bigger, up to 20 feet long.
- Alligators prefer freshwater. Crocodiles prefer saltwater.
- An alligator head is designed with eyes and nostrils on top, so they can breathe and see everything around them while still being hidden and hard to see.
- Alligators like to lie on the banks to bask in the sun and get their blood and bodies warmed up. Because they're cold-blooded, they have to use the sun's heat to heat them. Then when they're warm, they can be active. They go into the water and can hunt for prey with just their nose and eyes sticking above the surface.
- Alligators use the water to hide and are experts at surprising mammals who come to the river bank for a drink.
- Most crocodilian species eat fish, but alligators are also expert mammal hunters.
- Alligators have wider, broader snouts because they hunt for land mammals like raccoons and deer. They need sturdy snouts to hold onto big land mammals.
- A high walk is where alligators keep their legs directly under them. Only an alligator can do that. Most reptiles, like crocodiles, walk with their legs out to the side, which is tiring. But an alligator walks with his legs directly under him and can walk longer without getting tired. The alligator lives inland, in freshwater environments, where they often have to walk overland. So the alligator's body is designed to have the ability to go for long walks with the high walk.
- While the alligators live inland in freshwater areas, the crocodiles range only starts on the tip of Florida and goes seaward to the Caribbean, and to the coasts of Central and South America.
- In the dry season, some areas become a dry grassland. Usually the whole area is under 2 feet of water. Alligators can't get caught out there because they can overheat and die.
- An alligator digs pools called alligator holes with his claws and tail as a way to survive the dry season. The alligator uses these pools to attract thirsty prey for an ambush.
- 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. That's why crocodiles have a long, thin V-shaped snout because that's the best shape to have for catching fish.
- Alligators of the same size usually get along okay.
- The crocodile is so much aggressive than an alligator because it lives in a bigger, tougher environment.
- Crocodiles are faster swimmers than alligators.
- Alligators are faster runners than crocodiles.
- A crocodile has around 68 teeth in his mouth, while an alligator jaw holds 80 teeth.
- There are times when alligators and crocodiles will face-off against each other and usually the one that’s the biggest will win.
- Both crocodiles and alligators are cannibals, meaning they like to eat their own kind.
- An crocodile fighting a tiger shark
- A standoff between an alligator and a crocodile