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Why Do Jaguars Attack Crocodiles? The Truth!

by Rob Byron

Have you ever wondered what animals in the jungle can beat the strong, ferocious, and violent crocodiles? Crocodiles have a powerful bite that can kill prey in one glimpse. However, there is one feline that is not afraid of these bloody reptiles. Who are they? The Jaguars! 

Jaguars are one of the most violent felines in the jungle. They hunt on any animals, including lions and crocodiles. Jaguars are fearless animals that will fight until death! Let’s check the real reason why jaguars attack crocodiles!

Why do jaguars attack crocodiles? Jaguars hunt down crocodiles to make it as their meal. If jaguars see an opportunity to ambush a lonely crocodile, they will take that chance with no second thoughts! Jaguar usually hunts and eats the caiman, a species related to crocodiles. 

There are other things you can learn from our subject. We are going to answer various questions related to our topic. If you are ready, let’s go!

Do Jaguars Attack Crocodiles?

Yes! Jaguars attack crocodiles if they see an opportunity without second thoughts. If a crocodile is alone and sleeping, it is the time where jaguars enter the scene.

Jaguars have a strong bite that can cut and suffocate the crocodiles. If jaguars successfully clamp their mouth on the neck of the crocodile, it is game over.  

The reason why jaguars attack crocodiles is because they love the meat of the crocodiles. For jaguars, it is on the list of their favorite foods. Usually, the type of crocodile jaguars eat are the caimans. 

Do Jaguars Eat Crocodiles?

Yes! Jaguars eat crocodiles! After a jaguar successfully suffocates the crocodile with its powerful bite, they will bring it to the land to divide the croc’s body. Jaguars don’t eat the whole crocodile. They first remove the skin of the crocodile and eat their meat. 

Jaguars are solitary animals. They live and hunt alone. Jaguars mostly hunt animals on the ground. But sometimes they climb trees to hunt their prey that is living in the trees, like monkeys. 

Jaguars also don’t want to share their prey with other jaguars, even if it’s their friends! Jaguars will only eat the animal they successfully hunted after climbing up to their trees, even if the trees are miles away. Why? Because it is the best way for them to eat their price peacefully. 

How Do Jaguars Kill A Crocodile With Such Skin?

Jaguars consume any pets. In the wild, they eat peccaries, wild pigs, capybaras, big rodents, deer, sloths, monkeys, tapirs, and fishes. Jaguars also hunt other wild animals like crocodiles. 

Jaguars are skilled hunters. They will search for their food on the land, water, and trees. Jaguars attack their prey from the back, and then they bite the neck of their prey. They will clamp their jaws into the necks of their prey until their prey runs out of oxygen. 

Yes, jaguars like to swim, and they are good swimmers. Jaguars prefer to live near the rivers because this is the place where they can get some healthy foods. They attack the animals that are busy drinking water from the river and have no idea what is happening around them. 

Jaguars have the powerful bite of any cat. Because of their powerful bite force, they are capable of getting through the hard armors of crocodiles. Also, jaguars do not first aim at the bodies of the crocodile. They first aim at the neck of the crocodile to suffocate it. 

Why Do Jaguars Attack Crocodiles

However, jaguars will never attack a crocodile that is bigger than them. Jaguars will kill and eat a young crocodile, but they will never mess with the grown-up crocs because it is dangerous! But if they think they can handle the grown-up crocodile, they will go for it. 

Jaguars never eat the skin of the crocodile. They will remove the skin first. And open the body of the crocodile. Jaguars eat the softer tissues of the crocodile. They will never bother to eat the skin of the crocodile. But they might use it as their chewer to relax after a yummy meal. 

Can A Jaguar Kill A Full-Grown Crocodile?

Yes! A full-grown and skilled jaguar can take any crocodile. It does not matter what their species is. Even if it’s a Nile crocodile or a black cayman, they can kill it as long as the head of the crocodile fits their mouth. If the head of the crocodile fits their mouth, it is a sure kill. 

However, because jaguars want an easy target with less danger, they will most likely hunt a young and small crocodile. Yes, they can take on full-grown crocodiles, but it is risky, and their lives are at stake. It is better for them to have something to eat even though it is just a small croc than to risk their lives for a bigger meal. 

Why Do Jaguars Aren’t Afraid To Swim In Crocodile Inhabited Waters?

Jaguars are not afraid to swim in crocodile inhabited waters because they know their abilities, and they know how strong and fast they are. 

Jaguars are adept swimmers too. They are used to swimming because they get most of their food on the river. Some jaguars eat sea turtles, including the leatherback. They also eat river fishes, which is healthy for them. I have made a list of fishes that live in the river here. Try checking them out!

Jaguars spend most of their time near the river because this is where they can get healthy meals. They wait for an animal that will drink in the river or sleep near the river, like the crocodiles. When they sense that the animal is unconscious in its surroundings, they will attack it with no second thoughts. 

Why Do Jaguars Attack Crocodiles

There are many cases of jaguars attacking crocodiles. It is not new. Jaguars usually hunt smaller species and young crocs because it is much easier. Jaguars can prey on other large species of crocodiles, but it is too risky for them. 

Jaguars are fearless cats, and they are not afraid of anything. They have everything they need for hunting! Jaguars have a powerful bite, agility, and large size. They are the strongest among any cat species, and they are the best hunter in the wild, so why should they be afraid?

Can A Jaguar Kill A Saltwater Crocodile?

Nope. Jaguar cannot kill a full-grown saltwater crocodile. It is extremely dangerous for jaguars. Saltwater crocodiles have extremely wide and stiff necks, which means that the bite of the jaguar is ineffective for them. 

The only weak spot of a saltwater crocodile is its underbelly or eyes. But it is difficult to hit their weak spots, and it would take many jaguars to injure their weak spots. Saltwater crocs are inevitably strong and durable creatures. 

They can endure any pain, such as loss of limbs and other severe wounds. Also, the bite force of saltwater crocodiles is so powerful. They can effortlessly crush the bones of the jaguar and tear their limbs apart. 

However, jaguars can still prey on saltwater crocodiles, but only if it’s a young one. Jaguars will have no second thoughts to attack a young saltwater crocodile when they see it chilling near the river and unconscious in its surroundings. 

So, in conclusion, adult saltwater crocodiles are far too large and powerful for a jaguar. Jaguars have no match against the full-grown saltwater crocodile. The only thing jaguars can do to taste the meat of a saltwater crocodile is to prey on young ones. 

Video Of Jaguar Attacking A Crocodile

There is one video of a jaguar attacking a caiman crocodile. Check the footage below:

Final Thoughts

Jaguars can attack any crocodiles, even the large ones. However, jaguars are less likely to attack large crocodiles because it’s too risky. The type of crocodile jaguars usually hunt is the caiman crocodiles. Why? Because it is a small and vulnerable crocodile.

They might hunt other types of crocs, like the saltwater crocodile. But they will choose to attack the young ones because it is much weaker and smaller. 

I have other articles about crocodiles and reptiles. Try checking it here


Rob Byron
Learning about and helping all kinds of animals has been in my blood as long as I can remember. I've been part of many different animal associations over the years so I decided to create this animal info blog with my family who are all involved with animal rescue in some capacity. Also, Because Animals Matter!
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