Watch This Stealthy Jaguar Launch an Insane Aerial Attack on an Unsuspecting Croc

Written by Angie Menjivar
Updated: October 22, 2023
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Key Points:

  • The video shows a crocodile submerged underwater with only its eyes showing.
  • Next, a jaguar takes a few steps forward and lunges itself off the elevated surface, taking flight for a few moments.
  • In the next scene, the jaguar emerges from the water triumphantly, a crocodile hanging out of its mouth.

Both crocodiles and jaguars make use of the element of surprise when hunting and in the clip below, you see how well a jaguar camouflages into its surroundings before it takes a daring leap. The unsuspecting croc, though usually the predator, becomes prey this day.

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When the video starts, there’s some eerie music playing, foreshadowing the next moments. The video flashes from scene to scene, showing a croc submerged underwater with only its eyes showing. Next, you see a jaguar beautifully camouflaged in its surroundings, tree branches concealing its hiding spot. It’s peering down toward the croc, its gaze steady. When it perceives the perfect moment has arrived, it takes a few steps forward and lunges itself off the elevated surface, taking flight for a few moments.

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It’s skillful and graceful with its jump and after it freefalls for a few seconds, it lands in the water with a huge splash. The camera pans downward to catch the splash as water mixed with dirt flies into the air. In the next scene, the jaguar emerges from the water triumphantly, a crocodile hanging out of its mouth. The narrator says, “he’s the top predator in a land of predators,” as the jaguar makes its way completely out of the water, climbing up the embankment. It’s an awe-inspiring scene, and you can fully appreciate the size of this creature in comparison to the smaller croc.

Do Jaguars Eat Crocodiles?

Jaguar

Jaguars typically prey on lone, unsuspecting crocodiles.

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Most animals are afraid of crocodiles and rightfully so. They’re ruthless creatures but just as the saying goes, “there’s always a bigger fish,” tigers have enough strength and gumption to go after these reptilian beasts. Jaguars aren’t the only big cats that go after crocs; however, they are the ones most likely to follow through with regular kills. Jaguars use their powerful bites to take down the croc, suffocating it. Jaguars then drag it onto land to enjoy a feast. They typically prey on lone, unsuspecting crocs because it gives them an advantage.

Do Crocodiles Eat Jaguars?

Nile crocodile staying just under the water surface

Crocodiles are opportunistic feeders and can usually overcome the prey they ambush.

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Crocodiles are like jaguars in that they lie in wait and ambush their prey. Crocs are opportunistic feeders and can usually overcome the prey they ambush. They’re semiaquatic, which gives them an advantage as they use the water for cover as they approach land. Their bite force is much stronger than that of a jaguar and they may also grow to incredible lengths and weights. In a fight between a jaguar and a croc, a full-grown crocodile would win. However, as you saw in the clip above, a jaguar can certainly make a meal out of a smaller croc.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © George Arenas/Shutterstock.com


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About the Author

Angie Menjivar is a writer at A-Z-Animals primarily covering pets, wildlife, and the human spirit. She has 14 years of experience, holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology, and continues her studies into human behavior, working as a copywriter in the mental health space. She resides in North Carolina, where she's fallen in love with thunderstorms and uses them as an excuse to get extra cuddles from her three cats.

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