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Posted by W von Papinešu on August 04, 2002 at 22:06:54:
THE CITIZEN (Gloucester, UK) 02 August 02 Caiman Is Creating Scud Vibrations
There are few creatures whose ancestors would have shared the earth with dinosaurs such as the awesome Tyrannosaurus Rex, the massive Diplodocus or the spiky Stegosaurus.
But a living example of the Jurassic period is alive and well and part of an exhibition at Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery.
Scud the caiman, part of the alligator family, is one of the main attractions at the Jurassic Exhibition at the Brunswick Road museum.
Together with his friend Nuke, Scud has been meeting some of his distant relatives who were wiped out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago. He is sharing exhibition space with fellow dinosaur-era survivors, tortoises, snakes and lizards.
Scud belongs to private reptile collector Andrew Webb, who has a purpose-built home for his creatures.
He said: "Caimans grow to about three to four feet, initially fed on baby mice and then live rats.
"They are one of the oldest species you can get. You can look back 63 million years and they have hardly changed at all."
The exhibition, which runs until September 14, also features models of dinosaurs, fossils and children's activities.