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Old 09-22-2008, 05:11 PM
 
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I was wondering: Do people in Louisiana keep alligators as pets? What happens when they are too big for a person to keep? Could you just take it to the nearest river/bayou/swamp and leave it there once it is too big to be kept as a pet?
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:25 PM
 
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The average Louisianian would not keep an alligator as a pet. Most want alligators to be far away from their property because they are very dangerous. Even the little ones that look so cute can take your fingers off. This isn't to say that some people don't keep them until they are too big to fit in their environment. Then I suppose they either kill them or set them free.
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Old 09-22-2008, 07:05 PM
 
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The average Louisianian would not keep an alligator as a pet. Most want alligators to be far away from their property because they are very dangerous. Even the little ones that look so cute can take your fingers off. This isn't to say that some people don't keep them until they are too big to fit in their environment. Then I suppose they either kill them or set them free.
This may sound crazy, but I would like to have an alligator as a pet. Now don't think I'm going to do anything stupid, like stick my finger in its mouth. I would be a little concerned about feeding it. I heard that alligators can't tell the difference between a hand and food. Once it gets too big, I would set if free. I would probably only keep it until it's too big to fit in an average sized fish tank.
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Old 09-22-2008, 11:29 PM
 
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This may sound crazy, but I would like to have an alligator as a pet. Now don't think I'm going to do anything stupid, like stick my finger in its mouth. I would be a little concerned about feeding it. I heard that alligators can't tell the difference between a hand and food. Once it gets too big, I would set if free. I would probably only keep it until it's too big to fit in an average sized fish tank.
This would be very CRUEL to the alligator. A fish tank is not equal to their natural environment. And after being your "pet" fro a while, it could not survive in the wild as it would have been raised to have food dropped in the tank. Please re-think this idea!
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:42 AM
 
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This would be very CRUEL to the alligator. A fish tank is not equal to their natural environment. And after being your "pet" fro a while, it could not survive in the wild as it would have been raised to have food dropped in the tank. Please re-think this idea!
I didn't think about the fact that it wouldn't be able to live in the wild after being a pet. Maybe it would be better if I had the alligator in the pond with some fish so it would have to catch it's own food. I really care about animals and would never want to do something that would cause trouble for it. Maybe it would be better if I lived near a river where I could see alligators in the wild instead of having one as a pet.
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Alligators aren't pets. If you want to live close to an alligator, live on a bayou like my aunt. She watches the alligators move around and sleep on logs from her back porch every morning to coffee and the paper. Other than that---leave them alone. If you invite them into your yard by feeding them, they could harm your pets or even a small child.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:10 AM
 
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Alligators aren't pets. If you want to live close to an alligator, live on a bayou like my aunt. She watches the alligators move around and sleep on logs from her back porch every morning to coffee and the paper. Other than that---leave them alone. If you invite them into your yard by feeding them, they could harm your pets or even a small child.

Actually I was thinking of living near Bayou Segnette or Honey Island Swamp.
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Old 09-23-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Good call, Alligators are pissed, dinosaur like animals who will destroy you.
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Old 09-23-2008, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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Only a thread about what it's like to live in N.O could metamorphasize into the pros and cons about keeping an alligator as a pet!
Speaking of which, is a gladiator just a really happy alligator?
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:25 PM
 
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Only a thread about what it's like to live in N.O could metamorphasize into the pros and cons about keeping an alligator as a pet!
Speaking of which, is a gladiator just a really happy alligator?

Very true. Maybe a thread about living somewhere in the southwest would metamorphasize into the pros and cons of keeping a scorpion or other arachnid as a pet.
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