Posted May 27, 2014
Leviathan, three and a half years of age, is a great conversation piece. People just love watching him eat which is something to remember if you think of it as a pet, because he is not. Alligators are not loyal like dogs. If you aggravate him, he might snap or whack you with his tail. You will need to consider zoning and permiits and in the end, public opinion (fear) can be the ultimate jurisdiction. You are not the size of his natural prey, but the things bite. They can be controlled, but can be the controller. In the northeast, without natural feeding ground, they'll grow slower than a gator in the everglades, but Leviathan will one day need space.
Leviathan currently feeds on pet store mice and goldfish. When Leviathan gets to be large enough, you might as well just have kids and think of them as pets. You might not have to clothe a gator, but the electricity for his special habitat and the chicken dinners will be a significant expense. You can send your kids to school and help them with their homework but an alligator will take YOU to school. You'll need to learn a lot to properly care for an alligator. Having to get rid of an alligator that you can no longer care for may be a challenge and releasing them into the wild can cause myriad problems.