Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Feb 25, 2013
I've been keeping and raising alligators for about forty plus years now. The first ones I ever worked with were alligators rescued from road side zoos in Florida many years ago. Since then I've started keeping them and raising them.
I'll tell you right up front that alligators are not for just anybody and should only be kept by experts. When I first started keeping alligators they were still sold in pet shops. Those days are long gone.
The American alligator was once endangered but they no longer are. You can now find alligators from North Carolina south into Florida and west into Louisiana. Their population is currently on the rise. And their range is expanding.
You should not try to keep an alligator as a pet. The show Alligator Boys has caused people to have renewed interest in alligators and in keeping them. Alligators are dangerous animals and even a small 2 - 3 foot gator can cause a serious bite.
Alligators must be fed huge amounts of meat and as the gator grows it will need more food. And as the gator grows it will become more dangerous. A large gator of 5 foot or larger is a very dangerous animal that can bite you before you even realize it.
You are much better off to visit and look at alligators in a reptile park or zoo. If your ever in the St Augustine Florida area the St Augustine Alligator Farm is a great place to visit.