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Posted by Bill Moss on March 31, 2003 at 06:54:42:
In Reply to: I live in CA and want to get a Caiman posted by bengalensis on March 30, 2003 at 22:40:23:
CA does not allow the private keeping of crocodilians. You can check with your state Dept of Nat Resources to verify that.
You said the husbandry requirements of monitors and crocodilians isn't much different, this couldn't be further from the truth. They are as different as night and day. Also, you mentioned saftey requirements - a six foot nile monitor is a walk in the park as compared to a six foot caiman. The monitor will mess up fingers and hands, the caiman can remove them or render them useless. The crocodilians have much more body mass (= strength) and much larger and more powerful jaws and teeth. Caimans don't stay small! You really need to work with a large one to understand. Even a dwarf caiman at 5 feet long is quite something to deal with. Fifteen years ago, I was doing a lot of work with monitors and was keeping had both nile and water monitors over 5 feet long and while they can be difficult, even a nile with an attitude is nothing like a spec. caiman. (which BTW can reach 8 plus feet in length)
Read the FAQ at crocodilian.com for information on husbandry. This is linked at on this page.
:Ive heard different things about my states regulations pertaining to keeping crocodilians. I currently house large nile and water monitors, and dont see much difference in husbandy and safety requirements of these large monitors and a very small crocodilian such as a caiman.
:Any info on how someone in my position should go about obtaining a caiman?