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Alligator reclining on rock Crocodilian CAPTIVE CARE F.A.Q.
This is a detailed care guide for serious keepers of caimans, alligators and crocodiles. If you're looking for a friendly, loving and easy to care for pet, this guide is definitely not for you!



FAQ CONTENTS

0. CREDITS

1. CONTENTS

2. INTRODUCTION

3. SPECIES

4. PURCHASING

5. HOUSING

6. FEEDING

7. HANDLING

8. HEALTH CARE

9. MISCELLANEOUS

10. APPENDICES

0. TITLE & CREDITS

1. CONTENTS

2. INTRODUCTION
 2.0What is the aim of this FAQ?
 2.1.0What is a crocodilian?
 2.1.2How many species of crocodilians are there?
 2.1.3Where do crocodilians live in the wild?
 2.2.1How large do crocodilians get?
 2.2.2How fast do crocodilians grow?
 2.2.3How long do crocodilians live?

3. CROCS AS PETS
 3.1Do caimans, alligators and crocodiles make good pets?
 3.2Which crocodilian species make the best captives?
 3.3Are there laws against keeping crocodilians?
 3.4Is it possible to tame a crocodilian?
 3.5Are crocodilians capable of learning?

4. PURCHASING
 4.1Where can I buy a crocodilian?
 4.2What do I need to consider when buying a crocodilian?
 4.3How much can I expect to pay?
 4.4Is there anything else I need to buy?
 4.5How do I transport crocodilians?

5. HOUSING
 5.1.1What important points must be considered when housing crocodilians?
 5.1.2How large does the enclosure need to be?
 5.1.3What type of enclosure can I use for small crocodilians?
 5.1.4What type of enclosure can I use for large crocodilians?
 5.1.5How much water and land area do crocodilians need?
 5.1.6Do crocodilians only grow to the size of their enclosures?
 5.1.7Can crocodilians escape from enclosures easily?
 5.1.8What furnishings need to go into an enclosure?
 5.2.1What temperature should the environment be?
 5.2.2How do I regulate water temperature?
 5.2.3How do I regulate air temperature?
 5.3.1What lighting does a crocodilian need?
 5.3.2What about UV light?
 5.4.1What's the best way to keep the enclosure clean?
 5.4.2How often should I clean the enclosure?
 5.4.3Can I clean the enclosure without handling the crocodilian?
 5.5Are there any tips to keep the enclosure safe?

6. FEEDING
 6.1.1What does a crocodilian eat in the wild?
 6.1.2What can I feed crocodilians in captivity?
 6.2How often does a crocodilian need to eat?
 6.3.1How do I give food to a crocodilian safely?
 6.3.2Should the food be whole, or in smaller pieces?
 6.3.3Should I feed live or pre-killed food?
 6.4What's the earliest age that crocodilians can eat?
 6.5What about vitamin supplements?
 6.6Is there any danger of parasites from wild-caught foods?
 6.7Why do crocodilians sometimes ingest small stones?

7. HANDLING
 7.1Should I handle my crocodilian?
 7.2When should I start handling a crocodilian?
 7.3How often should I handle a crocodilian?
 7.4What's the safest way to pick up a crocodilian?
 7.5Should I use gloves?
 7.6How do I release a crocodilian safely?
 7.7What about handling a larger crocodilian?
 7.8What should I do if I get bitten?

8. HEALTH CARE
 8.1What regular checks should I make on a crocodilian?
 8.2.1What kind of physical injuries can crocodilians suffer from?
 8.2.2What kind of diseases can crocodilians suffer from?
 8.2.3What kind of parasites can attack crocodilians?
 8.2.4What are the most common problems and their causes?
 8.3Can I treat common problems at home?
 8.4.1How often should I take a crocodilian to the vet?
 8.4.2What information or samples will the vet require?
 8.4.3What if my animal is too large and aggressive to take to the vet?
 8.5Are there any zoonoses (diseases) I can catch from crocodilians?
 8.6Should I trim a crocodilian's claws?
 8.7Where can I find a list of vets capable of treating crocodilians?

9. MISCELLANEOUS
 9.1How do you sex a crocodilian?
 9.2Can I keep a crocodilian with other animals?
 9.3Should I monitor the crocodilian's progress?
 9.4Where can I find a good home for a crocodilian?
 9.5Where can I find more information on the Internet and in books?

10. APPENDICES
 App IList of veterinary surgeons capable of treating crocodilians
 App IIList of US wildlife departments to contact about permits
 App IIIDealers, breeders and other advertisers
 App IVDimensions and capacity of aquarium tanks
 App VDimensions of Rubbermaid stock tanks

FUTURE PLANS
 *Illustrations on habitat design
 *Breeding adults, incubating eggs, raising young
 *More on behaviour (e.g. aggression)
 *Natural history
 *List of references


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