Discussion in 'Crocodilians - General' started by DustinQ, Aug 27, 2012.
Goliath at 2 months old
Goliath at 2 years old 3ft 7
just for giggles
Just curious...what got you into alligators? Could you post Pics of his set up? I marrying to figure out what kind of conversations you have when givin tours of your house..."to the left is the office slash weight room across the hall is the guest bedroom and bath...don't mind the gator in the tub he is just freshening up after his swim in the pond..."
This would be highly amusing...
That being said he is very cute and photogenic.
*I am trying* not marrying...darn you autocorrect!!!
I don' have any pics of his set-up yet. it's nothing special. he's in a 400 gallon tub at the moment filled about half way, with a 1500 gallon pond filter and is housed with a eastern painted turtle. I've always been interested in crocodilians but never would have dreamed of keeping one. I started volunteering at the exotic animal rescue a little over 4 years ago. We already had 3 gators at the time and then about 4 months in wee recieved a call to take in another one he was much smaller than we expected and ouldn't be kept with the others so I took him in. started with a 125 gallon. within a short amount of time he out grew that space, but he's still too small to move in with the big boys. Frankly I think I've gotten too atached to him to even put him in with the other for fear they might hurt him. But I don't think I'll be able to keep him forever although I'd love to.
Unforttunately here in PA we don't have any restrictions on reptiles what so ever other than the native one. So essentially any idiot that can afford it can buy anything they find (e.g cobra, alligators ecc.) At our rescuee we don't except anything venomous but but take callls frequently and contact zoo's to relocate. sadly most zoo's will accept these animals and promptly put them down.
He is gorgeous!
It's sad...I am currently working with a local rescue to get special housing and education so they can take in venomous and dangerous species...currently if it is a native animal they are released in the middle of nowhere...but they go to the se
Area to release all animals so it's not like they are able to live since they just kill each other off...and if it's non native they try to rehome but mostly they are put down...sadly all red eared sliders or any turtle that resembles them are out down as well with no exceptions...
They need to do some serious checking into the legality of that! Most places it is illegal to return captive animals into the wild. Even captive natives.
Also just dumping them somewhere is not a good idea. It has been shown that native species relocated to areas other than those they are familiar with results in them not surviving.
That's what I have been saying but they are older and thus know more than I do...even though I gave 100+ pages of research and law codes...
Alligators are amazing!
Thanks for sharing!
A surprise visit fom the local wildlife department might convince them otherwise.
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