Alligators As Pets
Although it is not common for the Cajun people to take the alligators as pets, you can see the Swamp people babies playing in the zones where their parents are alligator hunting. The Cajun people are so familiar with the crocodiles, so they are allowing their kids to play in certain areas. On the other hand, the Swamp people have their legends about children growing with alligators. Those stories are told during the long alligator hunting nights, and they are really scary. If you are thinking about adopting an alligator as pet, you should study the Cajun civilization carefully, so you would understand how the Swamp people are taking care of those great animals.
In some African villages, alligator hunting is out of the question. On the contrary, the crocodiles are protected by the locals. The legends are circulating here just like in America, saying that the crocodiles are able to bring the rain. Just like the Cajun people that depend on the crocodiles, the Africans are still protecting them. The locals from Africa were convinced that lack of crocodiles brings famine and thirst, and the beliefs of the local tribes are not changed even today. They sacrifice chickens as a reward for the crocodiles, being considered as a reward for the community. The African ritual made the tourists curious, and a large number of them are coming here every day to see the tamed crocodiles. The Swamp people from Louisiana are not so close to the crocodiles, but they surely are the people that could tame such a predator.
Let’s see the Cajun advices when it comes to raising a crocodile as your pet.
From its first months of life, a small crocodile is the exact copy of its parents. Even if some specialists recommend the crocodile to grow a few months with his parents in wilderness, the general opinion is that you will need to take the baby away from its mother earlier. This way, you will protect it from alligator hunting, and you will also tame him a lot easier.
A small crocodile feeds from a small bag in his first days of life, a bag he has since his birth. The Cajun people remove that bag from the crocodile baby, so he would get used with the new food earlier. The crocodiles are vulnerable in their first month of life, and even if it won’t be the case to be eaten by predators in their home, you will have to ensure him a habitat as resembling with the natural one as possible. The Swamp people consider the alligators mature at the age of 3, but it depends on feeding and environment.
As for the age of the crocodile, you don’t need to worry. While crocodiles having 50 years of old were found, it is believed, although not proven, that the crocodile could live more than 100 years. It is up to your grandchildren to prove this, and we surely hope they can. Just imagine the crocodile you have as a baby growing with your grandchildren 60 years later.
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