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Crocodile Dentist Board Game: Rules for How to Play

Crocodile Dentist Board Game: Rules for How to Play

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The objective of Crocodile Dentist is to be the only player that doesn’t get their hand bit.


  • Attach the eye and nose stickers to the corresponding spots on Jock Croc’s face.
  • Lift the jaw up until it locks into place.
  • The youngest player starts the game. Play moves left/clockwise throughout the game.

How to Play Crocodile Dentist

On your turn you will have to press down on one of the crocodile’s teeth. One of the teeth are sore which will make the gator’s jaw close on your hand. You can only pick a tooth that hasn’t already been pushed down. Once you have chosen a tooth, press down on it with your fingers.

If you choose a safe tooth, Jock Croc’s mouth stays open. Your turn is over and play passes to the next player.

Picking a safe tooth
The current player pushed down on a tooth and the mouth didn’t close. They chose one of the safe teeth.

If you choose the sore tooth, the mouth will close on your hand. Since you triggered the mouth to close, you are eliminated from the game. One of the players opens the crocodile’s mouth to reset the game. The next player then takes their turn.

Pushing down on a sore tooth
This player pushed down on the crocodile’s sore tooth. They are eliminated from the game.

Winning the Game

All of the players still in the game will keep taking turns pressing down one tooth at a time.

The last player remaining who hasn’t had the mouth close on their hand, wins the game.

Crocodile Dentist FAQs

If you have any questions about how to play the game, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components of Crocodile Dentist


  • Jock Croc crocodile gameboard
  • Instructions

Year: 1991 | Publisher: Hasbro, Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers, Winning Moves | Designer: Robert Fuhrer, Sano Takeshi

Genres: Children’s, Dexterity

Ages: 4+ | Number of Players: 2-4 | Length of Game: 5-10 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: High

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