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Totodile (the Big Jaw Pokémon) is an exceptionally rare Water-type Pokémon found among bodies of freshwater within the Johto region. Though cute in appearance and seemingly weak at first glance, Totodile are powerful reptiles that can easily rip apart opponents of nearly any size with their sharp teeth and tremendous jaw strength. These little critters might be playful, but anyone wishing to train one had better be careful to keep them on a tight leash; they might not wish to hurt anyone, but it can certainly be said that these creatures simply don't know their own strength!

As with its evolutions, Totodile are crocodilians that share many commonalities with both crocodiles and alligators, particularly in regards to their skull structures (which is similar to those of alligators) and the arrangement of their teeth (which is similar to those of crocodiles). From a young age, Totodile are designed to hunt on their own and are surprisingly adept at hunting small insects and rodents, though they lack the physical stamina needed to take down prey larger than themselves. Even so, these creatures should be feared by children and adults alike because of their tremendous jaw strength. While alligators usually grow slowly and do not acquire the ability to severely damage flesh and bone until they are several years old, Totodile are inherently born with about 60% of their adult jaw strength and are thus considered lethal at birth; this at least makes partial sense considering the otherwise massive size of their jaws in comparison to their small bodies. Thankfully, though, Totodile lack the stout body of their adult form and are unable to rotate their heads quickly without forcing their entire bodies to rotate with them, limiting the amount of damage they can do to sheer compressional force. Even so, a single Totodile can easily fracture and sometimes even break bone when it clamps onto a limb and is thus inherently difficult to remove.

The sheer danger that Totodile present is only made worse by the fact that they are generally quite friendly and playful towards other life-forms. Totodile are somewhat limited by their small limbs in terms of demonstrating affection and thus tend to demonstrate an eagerness to play with another by lightly nipping at them; unfortunately, a nip from a Totodile is equivalent to a strong bite from a medium-sized canine, so the effect generated is often far from what they desire. This can make both opponents and trainers an equally viable target for damage (especially if a Totodile cannot see their faces) and should be heavily considered before anyone decides to train a Totodile. Needless to say, this is often a major deterrent to trainers in the Johto region and at least partially explains their rarity among young trainers; more experienced trainers should have no trouble handling these creatures, however, as they are usually quite obedient and rarely display any signs of unwarranted aggression towards others.

While they might not be able to utilize special attacks as efficiently as other Water-type Pokémon, Totodile are still powerful little creatures that can deal a tremendous amount of damage against unarmored opponents without exerting much effort. Though they might be among the more dangerous playmates a young trainer can have, anyone that is willing to try one of these creatures out is guaranteed to not be disappointed with their abilities. Just make sure that you are diligent about keeping them away from other trainers when they are still young; they might want to make new friends, but it is unlikely that things will go so well when they accidentally take a bite out of your new acquaintance's arm!

Professor Wormwood
A report on the Big Jaw Pokemon, Totodile. Enjoy.
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Ink-of-Ice Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love this little guy, thought I'm still wondering:

There is a channel called NationalDex! on YouTube who explained what Feraligatr really is: Alligator or crocodile.

Still wondering which one it is!
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Mutitus Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Professional Writer
Alligator is my bet.
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my favorite johto starter^^
i got my totodile the same way i got my cyndaquil wich is as an egg from prof elm(my fictional self anyway did)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Professional Writer
I see...well, that's certainly the easiest way to get one.
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tailskofan999 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
yup
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NinjaElvaan Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014
The most powerful of my pokemon is, funnily enough, a Totodile. He has more than a decade of experience under his figurative belt. I actually encountered an Entei with him by my side, and I have since gone on many adventures with him.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Professional Writer
Sounds lime an interesting partner... :)
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NinjaElvaan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Yes, yes he is. My Magmortar, which I really only use because he was a gift from my brother, often treats my Totodile as inferior, and he is always shown otherwise. I do try ro keep them from squabbling, though.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Writer
I see...well, sometimes those kinds of disagreements and rivalries can occur between Pokémon of opposing types...
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NinjaElvaan Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Yes.  I have quite a bit of trouble keeping those two way from each other.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional Writer
Well, as long as it is a healthy rivalry, things should be fine.
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NinjaElvaan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Neither has ever caused the other major injuries.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Writer
Good; then I would say that the rivalry is good for the both of them even if it can be a bit of a pain to deal with.
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Pfaccioxx Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   General Artist
wile I didn't pick it as my starter I do like em a lot ^_^
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Writer
They certainly are versatile...
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PhantomWolf-Link Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I :love: Totodile. He was the first pokemon I ever had. Lots of sentimental value. ^.^
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Writer
Indeed. I used to be a big Fire-type person, but after I realized that the Water-type starters were perfect for power-runs in the first three generations, I sort of switched sides. Now I'm back to the original side after a Grass-type interlude in generation four.
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PhantomWolf-Link Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I always kind of liked the 1st and 2nd gen
fire starters, but it was the Torchic evolution
line that made me love fire types. I now
also have a strange attachment to Emboar. Which
is really odd considering I hated the idea of
him in when the black/white games came out. xP
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Professional Writer
Indeed. They might not be very good in terms of movement speed and defense, but the fact that they have the highest base Attack stat out of all starter Pokemon, not to mention the ability to learn Scald via TM, makes them completely invaluable.
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PhantomWolf-Link Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Pluuuuus.... THEY'RE SO CUTE
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Professional Writer
Indeed. :)
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RudeCanadian Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Ahh...the very first pokemon I ever had. I find a small tap on the snout after a bite is key if you want a well behaved Totadile, nothing too hard, about as hard as you would a 2 year old, but it works.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Writer
Indeed. :)
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
My favourite Johto starter !

When it was still a Male Nidoran, my Nidoking had an encounter with a Totodile. It bite my Pokémon, but got poisoned afterwards (due to the Poison Point ability) and I decided to heal it with an Antidote. While I did not take the blue reptile in my team, I gave it to a bounty hunter named Jonas.

I wonder how the Totodile is feeling right now, but I suppose the numbers of criminals caught by that person had increased since then. :)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Writer
Indeed...

I actually remember a Croconaw I had once get over its Poisoned condition while in the middle of Ilex Forest with little health left. As far as I know of, such a thing has never happened before...
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ShiningRayWolf Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Now that's something unusual ! Then again I've heard legends about that forest and its guardian... Maybe it was there at that moment ? :)
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Writer
I suppose that it's a possibility. :)
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thegreekweegee Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Totodiles, huh? This takes me back when I once had a battle with a reporter named Roxy. After we battled, she told me she once had a pokemon journey when she was younger and I asked her what starter she had. She told me hesitantly that she took a Totodile at first, but she immediately switched to another starter (its name eluding me right now) because it immediately bit her head as soon as it came out of the pokeball. I'm no psychologist, but I believe she has a phobia on the Totodile family, as she was shaking slightly when the species was mentioned.
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Mutitus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Writer
That's not too surprising; the experiences people have when they are young play a huge role in determining how they feel towards certain people and Pokemon later in life.
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thegreekweegee Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
Same here. But I'll stick with my Typhlosion, thank you; their Eruption attack is too irresistable to pass!
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