Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted Dec 11, 2012
These are not pets for children. They take work and care. Whenever people would see our alligators there first question was, "What are you going to do when they get big?" In truth, they will not outgrow their environment. That being said, we did keep increasing their living space. We started with a regular small aquarium. Then moved to larger and larger ones. Eventually, we felt they needed a much bigger space to be happy. At the same time our female (we had a guy and girl) died. A friend had a large heated pond type set-up with alligators. As soon as she died, our boy became unhappy. We gave him to our friend hoping the larger space and companionship would help. He just did not bounce back from losing his friend, however, and after a couple more months he passed away, too. I was surprised at how attached the alligators were to each other.