09-29-2007, 08:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Falina
Originally Posted by nofinga911
Originally Posted by Gump
They look like American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) which can get up to about 12-14 feet. Those are not practical pets for the average home. If your serious about owning a crocodilian you should look into Cuviers dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) which are the smallest of the crocodilians getting about 3-4' at max size.
caiman's are much more aggressive then american alligators...
Perhaps, I'm no allligator expert. Agressive or not though, they are not going to grow to 14ft which is probably the more pertinent issue here.
What do you plan to do with these aligators when they outgrow the tank?
Any time you house an apex predator aggression/danger will be an issue. Falina sees what i was getting at with the change of species. The smallest recommended enclosure size for a caiman is 12'x8' (2/3 water) and thats for a 3-4' individual or pair. As the size difference the enclosure size should be 3 times the size for an American alligator. I've done quite a bit of research on crocodilians since i was going to get a pair of Cuviers but decided not to since i don't know how long ill be in this house and don't want to set up a sizable enclosure and have to move.
I too would like to know your plans for the two alligators as they grow. I personally think they have already outgrown a 125 gallon tank.