Acquired: Wild caught / rehabilitation animal
Posted Nov 11, 2014
My American alligator is about a little under a year old, and very docile, despite the horror stories that were instilled into me. Although he is a puppy dog, this particular species requires ALOT of time and money. With a young alligator, the cost of housing is incredible compared to even a large lizard, such as a monitor or tegu. They also require a lot of devotion, room, and understanding. This animal at full growth does have the capacity to kill you. That being said, they are hardy animals that are very adaptable, very docile, and neat to experience and work with. If you've been into reptiles for a long time and have the resources, I definitely recommend the American alligator over even a small species, like a dwarf caiman or morelet's crocodile. Mine gets along with the people in my house just fine and is very social. I've brought him places with me before and he allows people to pet him and take his picture, and has only snapped at me once on the first day I got him. It might be hard to consider whether you're an experienced keeper to own an alligator, so I always use two species as the reminder - fish and lizards. If you've had experience with both of these animals, and fully understand what this animal requires, than I definitely recommend looking into buying a CB youngling, not WC.