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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

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



APPENDIX I - List of veterinary surgeons capable of treating crocodilians

The following vets have agreed to treat some crocodilians. If they have any conditions or requirements, these are listed under the address as a '*Note'.

US Crocodilian Vets (listed by state)

California

Fredric L. Frye
Fredric L. Frye & Associates
741 Plum Ln.
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (916) 758-6257 | (916) 756-1766 (for appt.)
Fax: (916) 758-7857
Email: fredfrye@aol.com

Kenneth A. Harkewicz
Harkherp Inc.
60 Grandview Ave.
Crockett, CA 94525-1010
Phone: (510) 787-2142
Fax: (510) 787-9786
Email: harkherp@aol.com
*Note: Client must have the proper permits

James M. Harris
Montclair Vet. Hosp.
1961 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94611
Phone: (510) 330-8600
Fax: (510) 339-3215
Email: jmhdvm@aol.com
*Note: As long as the croc is not too big to easily handle.

Joel Pasco
All Creatures Care Cottage
1912 Harbor Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Phone: (714) 642-7151
Fax: (714) 642-1024
Email: greghfish@aol.com

Colorado

Ted Cohn
University Hills Animal Hosp.
4040 E. Warren Ave.
Denver, CO
Phone: (303) 757-5638
Fax: (303) 692-8925
Email: tcdvm@aol.com
*Note: For safety's sake, no crocs over 4 feet

Florida

Avery Bennett / Elliott Jacobson
UF-College of Vet. Med.
P.O. Box 100126
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: (352) 392-4700
Fax: (352) 392-6125
Email: zorro14@aol.com | bennetta@mail.vetmed.ufl.edu

John Rossi
2641 Park Street
Jacksonville, Fl 32203
Phone: (904) 388-3494

Hawaii

Douglas Chang
Aloha Animal Hosp.
4224 Waiadale Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
Phone: (808) 734-2242
Fax: (808) 732-0682
Email: alohavet@aol.com

Massachusetts

James Lunig
Spinnaker Veterinary Clinic
1154 Riverside Ave.
Somerset, MA 02726
Phone: (508) 673-3690
Fax: (508) 673-2531
Email: jlunigspn@juno.com
*Note: Willing to treat crocodilians up to 4 feet.

Greg Mertz
The Odd Pet Vet
326 Bridge St.
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: (617) 251-9131
Fax: (617) 255-9447
Email: oddpetvet@mindspring.com

William C. Sager
29 King St., P.O. Box 575
Littleton, MA 01480
Phone: (978) 486-3101
Fax: (978) 486-0987
Email: chukavet@aol.com

New Jersey

Richard M. Levine
Toms River Veterinary Hosp.
769 Route 37 W.
Toms River, NJ 08755
Phone: (732) 349-4599
Fax: (732) 505-0362
Email: richl53706@aol.com
*Note: Client must have the proper permits.

Ohio

Linda Randall
Cloverleaf Animal Hosp.
7777 Greenwich Rd.
P.O. Box 5007
Westfield Center, OH 44251
Phone: (330) 948-2002
Fax: (330) 948-4012
Email: cloverlf@aol.com
*Note: We treat crocodilians. We, however, insist on treating them in a manner that is safe to all concerned, and if that means sedating, then we sedate. We are happy to see them and to talk to owners. We also are available for phone, email, or fax consultation for a fee which is contingent on the time and expertise involved. We take credit cards to cover these consultations.

Texas

Gary Harwell
Southeast Animal Clinic
7565 Drouet
Houston, TX 77061
Phone: (713) 641-2601
Email: martine@phoenix.net

Ronni Karbach
Vet Calls
3411 Stratford Hills Ln.
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: (512) 306-9860
Email: KarbachDVM@aol.com

Virginia

Vanessa Rolfe
Avian & Exotic Veterinary Services
2205 W. Main St.
Salem, VA 24153
Phone: (540) 387-2212
Fax: (540) 389-5455
Email: rolfedvm@aol.com
*Note: Will only see caimans.

Dr. Scott J. Stahl
Pender Veterinary Clinic
4001 Legato Rd.
Fairfax, Virginia 22033
Phone: (703) 591-3304
Fax: (703) 449-0673

Washington

Skip Nelson
Exotic Pet & Bird Clinic
903 5th Ave. ste.101
Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: (425) 827-6613
Email: zoodoc@aol.com

Wisconsin

Robert W. Pope
Mosinee Veterinary Clinic
1019 Western Avenue
Mosinee, Wisconsin 54455
Phone: (715) 693-6575
Fax: (715) 693-9535
Email: drpope@mosineevet.com
Web Site: http://www.mosineevet.com


European Crocodilian Vets (listed by country)

United Kingdom

Bruce Maclean
c/o Kelperland Veterinary Centre
Ascot Road, Touchen End
Near Maidenhead
Berkshire SL6 3LA
Email: beavs@herptileworld.force9.co.uk

Stephen J. Divers
Exotic Animal Centre
12 Fitzilian Avenue
Harold Wood, Romford
Essex RM3 0QS
Phone: 44 (0)1708 384444
Fax: 44 (0)1708 344318
Email: SteveDVet@aol.com

Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland

Dr. Marja JL Kik, DVM, PhD
Dierenarts voor reptielen/veterinarian for reptiles
Melissegaarde 16
3436 HZ Nieuwegein,
The Netherlands.
Phone: 030-6303663
Fax: 030-6303664
Email: M.Kik@vet.uu.nl

The DGHT has a web page on the Internet listing vets qualified to treat reptiles at http://www.dght.de/tierarzt.htm

Before visiting a vet on this list, verify that he or she is qualified to deal with crocodilians.



APPENDIX II - List of wildlife departments to contact about permits

United States

All the states listed below have web-sites on the Internet, and often contain the full text of regulations concerned with the keeping of crocodilians in that area. The address (URL) in each case is http://www.state.XX.us where XX is the two letter post-office abbreviation for the state you require (e.g. http://www.state.ca.us is the URL for the State of California's web-site).

ALASKA: Department of Fish & Game, P.O. Box 25526, Juneau, AK 99802-5526. Phone: (907) 465-4180

ARIZONA: Game & Fish Department, 2221 W. Greenway Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85023. Phone: (602) 942-3000

ARKANSAS: Game & Fish Commission, 2 Natural Resources Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205. Phone: (501) 223-6300

CALIFORNIA: Department of Fish & Game, 1416 Ninth St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Phone: (916) 653-1725

DELAWARE: Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, DE 19903. Phone: (302) 739-4782

FLORIDA: Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission, Little River Ranch, Route 7, Box 3055, Quincy, FL 32351. Phone: (904) 627-9674

GEORGIA: Department of Natural Resources, 2070 U.S. Highway 278 S.E., Social Circle, GA 30279. Phone: (404) 918-6400

HAWAII: Department of Land & Natural Resources, 1151 Punchbowl St., Room 330, Honolulu, HI 96813. Phone: (808) 587-0166

IDAHO: Department of Fish & Game, 600 S. Walnut St., P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707. Phone: (208) 334-3700

ILLINOIS: Department of Conservation, Lincoln Tower Plaza, 524 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701. Phone: (217) 782-6302

INDIANA: Division of Fish & Wildlife, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-2267. Phone: (317) 232-4080

IOWA: Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office, Des Moines, IA 50319. Phone: (515) 281-5145

KANSAS: Department of Wildlife & Parks, 512 S.E. 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124-8174. Phone: (316) 672-5911

KENTUCKY: Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, #1 Game Farm Rd., Frankfort, KY 40601. Phone: (502) 564-5448

LOUISIANA: Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000. Phone: (504) 765-2800

MAINE: Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, 284 State St., Augusta, ME 04333. Phone: (207) 287-2766

MARYLAND: Department of Natural Resources, Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401. Phone: (401) 974-2870

MASSACHUSETTS: Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, 100 Cambridge St., Boston, MA 02202. Phone: (617) 727-9194

MICHIGAN: Department of Natural Resources, Box 30180, Lansing, MI 48909. Phone: (517) 373-1263

MINNESOTA: Department of Natural Resources, Box 7, 500 Lafayette Rd., St. Paul, MN 55155-4001. Phone: (612) 296-6157

MISSISSIPPI: Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, 111 N. Jefferson St., Jackson, MS 39202. Phone: (601) 354-7303

MISSOURI: Department of Conservation, 2901 W. Truman Blvd., P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0180. Phone: (314) 751-4115

MONTANA: Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana State University Campus, Bozeman, MT 59717-0322. Phone: (406) 444-2535

NEBRASKA: Game & Parks Comission, 2200 N. 33rd St., P.O. Box 30370, Lincoln, NE 68503-0370. Phone: (402) 471-0641

NAVADA: Department of Wildlife, 1100 Valley Rd., P.O. Box 10678, Reno, NV 89520-0022. Phone: (702) 688-1500

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Fish & Game Department, 2 Hazen Dr., Concord, NH 03301. Phone: (603) 271-3421

NEW JERSEY: Division of Fish, Game & Wildlife, CN 400, Trenton, NJ 08625-0400. Phone: (609) 292-2965

NEW MEXICO: Department of Fish & Game, Villagra Building, P.O. Box 25112, Santa Fe, NM 87504. Phone: (505) 827-7911

NEW YORK: Department of Enviromental Conservation, 50 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY 12233. Phone: (518) 457-0689

NORTH CAROLINA: Division of Wildlife Management, Archdale Building, Raleigh, NC 27604. Phone: (919) 733-3391

NORTH DAKOTA: Game & Fish Department, 100 N. Bismark Express Way, Bismark, ND 58501-5095. Phone: (701) 221-6300

OHIO: Department of Natural Resources, 1840 Belcher Dr., Fountain Square, Bldg. G, Columbus, OH 43224-1329. Phone: (614) 265-6344

OKLAHOMA: Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklamhoma City, OK 73152. Phone: (405) 521-3851

OREGON: Department of Fish & Wildlife, 2501 SW First Ave., Portland, OR 97207. Phone: (503) 229-5400

PENNSYLVANIA: Fish & Boat Commission, Division of Fisheries Management, 450 Robinson Lane, Bellefonte, PA 16823-9685. Phone: (814) 359-5110

PUERTO RICO: Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 5887, Puerta de Tierra, San Juan, PR 00906. Phone: (809) 724-8774

RHODE ISLAND: Department of Enviromental Mangement, Division of Fish & Wildlife, Field Headquarters, Box 218, West Kingston, RI 02892. Phone: (401) 789-0281

SOUTH CAROLINA: Wildlife & Marine Resources Department, P.O. Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202. Phone: (803) 734-3886

TENNESSEE: Wildlife Resources Agency, Ellington Agricltural Center, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204-0747. Phone: (615) 781-6500

TEXAS: Parks & Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744. Phone: (512) 389-4800

UTAH: Wildlife Resources, 1596 West North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116-3195. Phone: (801) 538-4700

VERMONT: Fish & Wildlife Department, 103 S. Main St., Waterbury, VT 05676. Phone: (802) 241-3700

VIRGIN ISLANDS: Department of Planning & Natural Resources, Division of Fish & Wildlife, 6291 Estate Nazareth, 101, St. Thomas, VI 00802-1104. Phone: (809) 775-6762

VIRGINIA: Department of Game & Inland Fisheries, 4010 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230-1104. Phone: (804) 367-1000

WASHINGTON: Department of Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091. Phone: (206) 753-5700

WEST VIRGINIA: Division of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241-0067. Phone: (304) 637- 0245

WISCONSIN: Department of Natural Resources, Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707, Phone: (608) 266-2621

WYOMING: Game & Fish Department, 5400 Bishop Blvd., Cheyenne, WY 82006-0001. Phone: (307) 777-4601


Europe

DGHT is the world's largest herpetological society and can provide help on the most recent regulations in Germany and Europe.

DGHT - Geschaeftsstelle
P.O. Box 1421
53351 Rheinbach
Germany
Phone: +49 2255 950106
Fax: +49 2255 1727
Email: gs@dght.de
Internet: http://www.dght.de



APPENDIX III - Private breeders of crocodilians

US private breeders

Arizona

"Wild Bill" Coady
Tempe, Arizona 85282
Phone: (602) 730-5877

Colorado

Bob F. Pierson
Mosca, Colorado 81145
Phone: (719) 378-2612

Florida

David Day
Orlando, Florida 32822
Phone: (407) 380-5565

Jerry Motta
Bushnell, Florida 33513
Phone: (352) 568-1220

New Hampshire

N.E.R.D.
Plaistow, New Hampshire 03865
Phone: (603) 382-6361

New Jersey

Stanton Arshan
Lindenwold, New Jersey 08021
Phone: (609) 346-1871

Alex Vigh
Delran, New Jersey 08075
Phone: (609) 764-0765

Ohio

Phil Thorne
Parma, Ohio 44134
Phone: (216) 885-4363

[Source: "The Herpetology Source Book, 1998-1999 Directory"]



Dealers and Distributors

Diamond Reptile Breeders
http://www.diamondreptile.com

Glades Herp
http://www.gherp.com

Mark Lucas (US)
http://members.aol.com/mullane/index.htm

Other distributors can be found on the Internet. A good place to start is http://www.kingsnake.com where many are advertised.



Magazines and Journals

Reptiles (US)
Reptiles Fancy Magazine
P.O. Box 6050
Mission Viejo
CA 92690
Phone: (949) 855-8822
Fax: (949) 855-3045
Email: reptiles@fancypubs.com
Internet: http://www.reptilesmagazine.com

Reptilia (Europe)
c/ Muntaner 88, 5 1a
08011 Barcelona
Spain
Email: reptilia@lander.es
Internet: (English) http://www.herplit.com/contents/ReptiliaGB.html
(Espaniol) http://www.herplit.com/contents/Reptilia.html

Herpetological Contents [for more publications]
http://www.herplit.com/contents



APPENDIX IV - Dimensions and capacity of aquarium tanks

The following tanks are commonly available at numerous outlets in both the US and Europe. These tanks are manufactured with fish in mind, but some are suitable for small crocodilians. Hatchlings should not be housed in aquarium tanks smaller than 20 gallons. If your animals grows to more than half the length of your tank, it's time to think about a replacement tank.

TANK SIZEOUTSIDE DIMENSIONS
(US gallons)(litres)(inches)(cm)
2.5 (mini-tank)9.513 x 6 x 833.0 x 15.2 x 20.3
5.520.817 x 9 x 1143.2 x 22.9 x 27.9
10 (leader)37.920 x 11 x 1350.8 x 27.9 x 33.0
10 (long)37.924 x 9 x 1361.0 x 22.9 x 33.0
1556.824 x 13 x 1361.0 x 33.0 x 33.0
15 (high)56.820 x 11 x 1950.8 x 27.9 x 48.3
15 (show)56.824 x 9 x 1761.0 x 22.9 x 43.2
20 (high)75.724 x 13 x 1761.0 x 33.0 x 43.2
20 (long)75.730 x 13 x 1376.2 x 33.0 x 33.0
2594.624 x 13 x 2161.0 x 33.0 x 53.3
29109.830 x 13 x 1976.2 x 33.0 x 48.3
30113.636 x 13 x 1791.4 x 33.0 x 43.2
30 (breeder)113.636 x 18 x 1391.4 x 45.7 x 33.0
33 (long)124.948 x 13 x 14121.9 x 33.0 x 35.6
37140.030 x 13 x 2376.2 x 33.0 x 58.4
38143.836 x 13 x 2091.4 x 33.0 x 50.8
40 (breeder)151.436 x 18 x 1791.4 x 45.7 x 43.2
40 (long)151.448 x 13 x 17121.9 x 33.0 x 43.2
45170.336 x 13 x 2491.4 x 33.0 x 61.0
45 (long)170.348 x 13 x 19121.9 x 33.0 x 48.3
50189.337 x 19 x 2094.0 x 48.3 x 50.8
55208.248 x 13 x 21121.9 x 33.0 x 53.3
65246.137 x 19 x 2594.0 x 48.3 x 63.5
75283.948 x 19 x 22121.9 x 48.3 x 55.9
80302.873 x 14 x 21185.4 x 35.6 x 53.3
90340.749 x 19 x 26124.5 x 48.3 x 66.0
100378.573 x 19 x 20185.4 x 48.3 x 50.8
120454.249 x 25 x 26124.5 x 63.5 x 66.0
125473.273 x 19 x 24185.4 x 48.3 x 61.0
150567.873 x 19 x 29185.4 x 48.3 x 73.7
180681.473 x 25 x 26185.4 x 63.5 x 66.0



APPENDIX V - Dimensions of Rubbermaid stock tanks

These stock tanks may be suitable for larger crocodilians, either as the basis for the habitat or as the water area. Stock tanks by other manufacturers may also be used, the Rubbermaid tanks being used as an example. All the tanks listed below are made from very sturdy plastic and are free standing. Model numbers 4242, 4245 and 4247 have a drain plug.

MODEL / SIZEOUTSIDE DIMENSIONS
(US gallons)(litres)(inches)(cm)
4243 / 50189.352 x 31 x 12132.1 x 78.7 x 30.5
4244 / 70265.040.5 x 32 x 24102.9 x 81.3 x 61.0
4242 / 100378.552 x 31 x 25132.1 x 78.7 x 63.5
4245 / 150567.858 x 39 x 25147.3 x 99.1 x 63.5
4247 / 3001135.663.3 x 69 x 25160.8 x 175.3 x 63.5


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