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Old 11-01-2009, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I remember when I came down here as a kid you could buy them on the side of the road.

No longer...

When did it stop?
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:14 PM
 
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I remember when I came down here as a kid you could buy them on the side of the road.

No longer...

When did it stop?
I think you are referring to Caimans they used to sell in pet stores. I remember having them as pets. I don't think I have seen any for sale in years.

http://www.mikescritters.com/images/...by-caimans.JPG
Actually when I was a kid I had a real alligator as a pet in our in the back yard. It got to about 7 feet and we let it go in the canal.
I should finish the story. After we let it loose in the canal it hung around and didn't seem to be doing to well. I would go over there everyday and feed it chickens. I don't think it could catch any food. Finally we called a friend named Joe Jumper, a Seminoal who did Alligator wrestling out at the reservation that was on 441 at the time. He came over and the gator came right to him. He put it in the back of his truck and it was out at the reservation for years. You could not make that gator take a bite at you it was so domesticated.

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Old 11-01-2009, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I think you are referring to Caimans they used to sell in pet stores. I remember having them as pets. I don't think I have seen any for sale in years.

http://www.mikescritters.com/images/...by-caimans.JPG
Actually when I was a kid I had a real alligator as a pet in our in the back yard. It got to about 7 feet and we let it go in the canal.
that might be it!

they even sold them along side of the road as you were leaving...
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Marion County, FL
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that might be it!

they even sold them along side of the road as you were leaving...
When I was a kid, my best friend's uncle brought one back to NJ for me from a vacation in Florida. I thought my mother was going to have a stroke.
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Old 11-02-2009, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Orlando Suburbs
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They still sell them on the side of the road. I saw a sign today on 520 - "Gator Jerky." Good stuff!
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:17 AM
 
Location: North Florida
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I believe Caimans were the most widely sold reptile - live and stuffed.
When alligators became endangered/protected, none were sold in any fashion. They are no longer endangered and licensed individuals may hunt them and sell their hides and meat.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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That's how all the urban legends about alligators in the NY sewer system started. Back in the 50's and 60's people bought these cute little 6 inch long gators or caymans or whatever for their kids and then when they started getting too big they released them into the parks and the woods (or, if you believe the legends, they flushed them down the toilets). Supposedly they couldn't survive the winters up north, but there were always rumors about finding 10 foot alligators living in the sewers under the streets.

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Old 11-03-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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That's how all the urban legends about alligators in the NY sewer system started. Back in the 50's and 60's people bought these cute little 6 inch long gators or caymans or whatever for their kids and then when they started getting too big they released them into the parks and the woods (or, if you believe the legends, they flushed them down the toilets). Supposedly they couldn't survive the winters up north, but there were always rumors about finding 10 foot alligators living in the sewers under the streets.
I doubt there have been alligators living in NY sewers but who knows. I have seen gators in Florida sewers though that crawled into them from canal run off pipes. The small Caimans that were sold as pets didn't get very big anyway, maybe 4 feet. You know one thing that has puzzled me. How gators seem to turn up in ponds that are miles from main bodies of water. You see it on the news all the time a gator in a pond near a golf course of something. Strange, I am sure there is a simple answer.
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Old 11-04-2009, 10:48 PM
 
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You know one thing that has puzzled me. How gators seem to turn up in ponds that are miles from main bodies of water. You see it on the news all the time a gator in a pond near a golf course of something. Strange, I am sure there is a simple answer.
I've wondered the same thing. There's a small lake right in the center of my town that's surrounded by asphalt and busy city traffic, not to mention the people going in and out of businesses. That particular lake has several gators in it. Did they pack a picnic lunch one afternoon and go for a stroll, searching out a better body of water than the one they left? And WHY??? Doesn't seem they'd want to be located in the middle of a bustling area. Apparently they don't mind as they've been there for as long as locals can remember. Still, it seems people would have spotted them during the relocation process and had them removed.
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Old 06-21-2010, 02:01 AM
 
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You could no longer buy Alligators because they were put on the "Endangered Species" list in 1967 because they were hunted and killed for their hides to make purses and shoes. In 1987, that status was removed and now the alligator hunting industry is heavily regulated by politicians.
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