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Posted by Paul Bodnar on March 15, 2003 at 19:00:34:
In Reply to: Lost a good one posted by Danny Conner on March 15, 2003 at 18:06:03:
Very sorry to hear of this loss, I know the feeling and it is like losing a family member. I lost a 6 foot dwarf crocodile several years back due to it biting a cord which was part of a pond heater. On the bright side it gives you a chance to try a new species (johnstoni, moreletii, tetraspis, yacare...etc) All are very fine types of crocodilians that have surfaced in the market place over the last few years. Nothing can make up for the loss of the animal but perhaps a fresh start can be a good thing.
:Was very surprised and disappointed today. The first big feeding of the year I went to my enclosure with my biggest caimans and crocs and my 3rd oldest spec."Romeo" was lying in the water dead. He must of died that night because he did'nt stink but he was a little bloated. He ruled that tank although another caiman was longer Romeo was incredibly stout(65lbs) and had the personality to back it up. He did'nt have any marks so I have'nt a clue what happened. I've had him since 1994. Of the 5 remaining crocodilians 3 ate so I assume they're all doing okay.
:While this has happened to me many times with snakes(where a large healthy adult dies for no reason) this is the first time this has happened witha crocodilian. I mean I lost a 3 foot dwarf caiman last year but then it went 14 months without eating. This was so sudden I worry for the rest of my collection. D.C.