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Snapjaws (also spelled Snap Jaws) are enemies which resemble small alligators, with early appearances also resembling bear traps. They attack with gnashing teeth and are able to travel along vines.
Donkey Kong Jr.
Snapjaws first appear in the game Donkey Kong Jr. Here, they are used by Mario in an attempt to defeat Donkey Kong Jr. Like the ape, Snapjaws can climb vines. Whereas blue Snapjaws simply fall off a vine when they reach the end of it, the red variety thrown by Mario can continually climb up and down vines and move on platforms. Snapjaws can only be defeated by dropping fruit on top of them.
In Donkey Kong for the Game Boy, Snapjaws appear in Stage 2-4 in the Forest and three stages of the Jungle. They act much as they do in their previous appearance, and Snapjaws thrown by Donkey Kong act like the blue ones of Donkey Kong Jr.; however, as color is not used to differentiate between enemy types, these Snapjaws have spiked bodies and shorter snouts. Snapjaws can be defeated with fruit or a hammer.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong series
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
The next appearance of Snapjaws was in Mario vs. Donkey Kong. They show up in Donkey Kong Jungle, and have spikes instead of chain. The ones that appear in the fifth stage have a red and green coloration, whereas Donkey Kong tosses Snapjaws with a blue and purple palette in the DK stage. These Snapjaws do not fall off their vine; rather, they will climb up a vine approximately twice, at which point they will vanish. Like in the Game Boy Donkey Kong, Snapjaws can be defeated with fruit or a hammer.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
Snapjaws appeared in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis floor Jungle Hijinks, having a slightly updated appearance. They rapidly patrol vines, and if a Mini Mario touches one, the Mini Mario will be defeated. They do not fall off vines, and fruit can once again defeat them.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
Yoshi's Island DS
The Snapjaw returned in Yoshi's Island DS. These alligators are much more organic-looking than their mechanical counterparts. In this game, Snapjaws were usually found in levels where vines are abundant, and where Baby DK is the primary baby (such as in World 3). Snapjaws usually climb up and down on short vines, apparently clinging to them with their huge jaws. They sometimes fall from their vines, attempting to knock Baby DK from the Yoshi's back.
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