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Kain 02 - Cuvier's Dwarf Caiman

Description: Ideal species for anyone who wants a crocodilian. Dwarf Caiman are much easier to house and care for, than larger crocodilians.

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User: JeffP (see all of JeffP's photos)
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Date: 12/30/05
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JeffP

Registered: 01/2002
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 22
I have been a reptile hobbyist, breeding and rescuing, for about 27 yrs. I have worked in the Pet Industry for 20 yrs.

They are not really mean, as much as demanding of respect. Too many people get alligators because of some passionate idea of keeping them like puppy dogs. These are top predators, in their native habitat, and grow way too large for most people to manage in their homes. I receive rescue gators every year, from misinformed owners, who were told that gators will not outgrow their enclosures. Any crocodilian can be trained to a feeding call. By doing this, they do not always expect food when you enter their enclosure. Dwarf Caiman, typically, do not like being held, but they are not vicious either. When properly trained, they will mind their own business and you can easily maintain their enclosure without incident. I simply feel that a 4-5' caiman is much more managable for the average keeper than a 10-12' Gator. If one can supply a larger crocodilian with a permanent home and proper space and care, then I do not have a problem, but I think that all of us have seen many crocodilians kept in way too small of enclosures and fed inadequate diets. They deserve better. Don't they?
01-21-2006 09:55PM View JeffP's Profile View JeffP's Gallery  

alligatorkeeper

Registered: 12/2005
Location: mpls, MN
Posts: 12
i love street racing an alligators

yes i agree...but most people like holding their pet, i mean i used to house bamboo and nurse sharks and they just got boring because all you could do was watch them lay on the bottom of the aquarium, with the occasional swimming around durring feeding time...but yes I am one to believe it is all of how u raise and treat the animal as far as their attitude goes....i myself have a 1 month female american alligator that will probibly max out at 8 ft, which isn't that bad considering ill be living in florida next year and will be building something in my backyard for her...i dunno i guess i like holding my animal, but i do agree with what your point is...
Jake

p.s. is that your caiman?
01-21-2006 11:03PM View alligatorkeeper's Profile View alligatorkeeper's Gallery  

alligatorkeeper

Registered: 12/2005
Location: mpls, MN
Posts: 12
i love street racing an alligators

no offense but their also mean as hell and they made it almost illigal to move them out of florida...believe me i tried getting one, the only possible way ur going to get one is off a private dealer on the net thats gunna charge more than most people are gunna spend on one, beutifull crocodilian though.
01-22-2006 05:35PM View alligatorkeeper's Profile View alligatorkeeper's Gallery  

JeffP

Registered: 01/2002
Location: Michigan, USA
Posts: 22
I have been a reptile hobbyist, breeding and rescuing, for about 27 yrs. I have worked in the Pet Industry for 20 yrs.

Sorry, if I got "preachy". I think that it is an unfortunate side-effect of handling rescue animals. Sometimes we see the same species being mistreated over and over (ie: alligators, burmese pythons, green iguanas, etc...). It's hard to not get frustrated. Yes the caiman was mine. I had raised him from a hatchling. He died last year, from a toxic reaction. He kept going into seizures. The vet initially thought that it might have been a brain tumor or something putting pressure in his cranium. I later found out that the pet store I purchased the feeder mice from, treated the mice with a flea powder to get rid of mites. I usually bought frozen mice and chicks. It was a fluke, that the only time I bought live rodents this happened. They had been out of frozen.
01-23-2006 08:17AM View JeffP's Profile View JeffP's Gallery  

alligatorkeeper

Registered: 12/2005
Location: mpls, MN
Posts: 12
i love street racing an alligators

its no problem at all, i used to get very preachy myself when i was into saltwater aquaria, you would see people posting pictures of their sharks and rays in very small containments, such as a 5' bamboo shark in a 6x2 aqaurium, i havent seen as much as you've seen obviously but i do know what u mean....im sorry to hear about your caiman, thats to bad, i've lost 2 bamboo sharks and 2 stingrays due to illnesses (not to neglect or not proper housing dont worry)...do you still house crocodilians?
01-23-2006 06:47PM View alligatorkeeper's Profile View alligatorkeeper's Gallery