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Any Other Croc Owners Here?

Discussion in 'Reptiles & Amphibians' started by JJeanae, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    Do you plan on keeping these guys for their entire life?
  2. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    Idk if some of the other posters know this, but caimans are MUCH smaller than a gator and crocodiles. And are a completely different species than a crocodile. The poster probably meant does any one have any part of the crocodilian family which includes Caimans, Gators, Crocs, And Gharials.
  3. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    i wouldn't mind if people owned them if they kept them, and cared for them properly, but when someone gets hurt, or if they can't keep them anymore, or they don't give them the proper nutrition it can make all reptile owners look bad, it can make reptile shows look bad, and could potentially start a reptile ban, or shut down a show, which i think isn't fair. I think 90% of the people who get animals like that shouldn't have them. I met a guy at a show who bought a gator, i asked him where he was gonna put it, what he was gonna feed it, and what would happen to it when it got older all i got was "i don't know" :/
    But if people properly care for them (not feeding them goldfish there entire life) give them the space they need and stay committed to the animal, i don't mind...

    ohh and to add on to my first post, correct me if i'm wrong, but i'm pretty sure caimans are more closely related to gators than to crocs, gators and caimans are 'alligatoridae'
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  4. Lesa_b

    Lesa_b Big Dog

    My aunt had a pet alligator named hugo when he was little he slept under the couch but when he got bigger they made him a pen around the pond. They are pretty red neck so an alligator under the couch seemed normal lol
  5. pitbullinnj

    pitbullinnj Little Dog

    It's just insane to own such a reptile. Joe public should not be aloud to own something like that. It takes years of school. A plethora of space and time to upkeep an actual gator/croc pen. (or any mixture of both) not to mention they escape like class a Houdinis. Just isn't a good idea at all imo

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  6. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Yes they do. Right now they get daily sun outside. In the winter we'll have a PowerSun or something similar on top of them. I do know keepers though, that have never used UVB and their caimans are fine. I don't really want to chance it though.

    I do. You just REALLY need to hold them, because unlike alligators, they can turn their heads quite far.

    They definitely aren't a "pet"for everyone. They take a lot of time, a lot of money and a LOT of space. One of the biggest things with people owning them is thinking they can tame them.
  7. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Yes, sorry. Up here we sort of lump them all as crocs.....unless you're talking about the American Alligator, then we call them an alligator lol.

    I meant croc, in my original post, Crocodylia, covering them all :)

    Shitty ownership is definitely a huge problem with them. Because the wrong people can get their hands on them and it makes for bad situations. We picked the two we did because they don't get massive. I own a baby Nile monitor that gets larger in length than these guys do.
  8. Very cool. A Caiman is on our 'future' list. Right now, we have our snakes and turtles.
  9. Gerry

    Gerry Big Dog

    See because I have seen similar stuff with the Varanus keepers with the UVB/No-UVB thing I was wondering if it was the same with crocodilians. Seems to be,
  10. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Yep. I own varanus doreanus, v. Panoptes & v. Niloticus. I don't use UVB with any of them. Because the caimans eat a lot more insects than fish and small mammals right now, I use either natural sunlight or UVB lights.
  11. Jamielvsaustin

    Jamielvsaustin Good Dog

    These guys look crazy....do all monitors stand like these guys, or is it something associated with them?

    You mentioned that a big mistake with the crocs is that they can't be tamed. Can the monitors?
  12. JJeanae

    JJeanae Good Dog

    Other varanus can and will "tripod" If they need to, but v. panoptes do it much more often than any others, in my experience. My Argus spends half his time on his tail and hind legs, it seems like lol.

    I wouldn't say that they can be tamed. They are still very much wild animals with those same instincts. I would consider it more tolerating handling than anything and I would never trust one not to bite or whip just because it hasn't tried to in a long time. I'm always extremely cautious with my monitors. I personally would rather get but by one of the caimans lol.
  13. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    I know different monitors have different temperaments but i would definitely say my two are very tame, i have an asian water monitor, and a savannah monitor and they are both big babies, not saying they would never bite, but i've owned them for years and they've never directed any aggressiveness towards me or anyone else they've been around (i've taken them to schools, around lots of kids, very good lizards). I have a lot of experience with those two species of monitors and rarely had a problem, in the beginning the asians can be hell on wheels but they calm down a lot once they get use to you.. and i'd say of all monitors savannahs are definitely very easy to tame with an extremely mild temperament.I agree that they are very much wild animals, but i believe they can be relatively tame wild animals depending on the species of monitor
  14. Gerry

    Gerry Big Dog

    Gosh I love Savannah Monitors they are my favorite!!! I wish I had time for one :-/ I miss mine :-(

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