While slow, the crocodile can do significant damage, and is much more difficult a foe than its younger form.
In addition to eating the corpse for a surprisingly large amount of nutrition, there is an alternative use for the corpse: polypiling it into a pair of non-cursed fireproof +0 low boots. This is mostly only worth doing for the novelty value.
The baby crocodile is simply just a young crocodile. It is amphibious, and rather slow moving. It poses little threat to a player, as escape is easy. In UnNetHack, tourists will start the game with a baby crocodile as pet.
A big animal with the appearance of a lizard, constituting
an order of the reptiles (_Loricata_ or _Crocodylia_), the
crocodile is a large, dangerous predator native to tropical
and subtropical climes. It spends most of its time in large
bodies of water.