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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Alligator Attack

An 11-year old girl in Brazil was killed by a crocodilian. Several news reports call it an alligator, which of course, is incorrect. (No gators in Brazil.) The reported length (15 feet) would make it a black caiman. (News source, and here.)

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Crocs in the News

Bangladesh's only crocodile farm will be sending its first export to Germany next month. (News source.)

A UK aquarium is training its dwarf caiman to respond to commands. (News source.)

A UK man wants to start his own crocodile park. (News source.)

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Caiman Attack

We see lots of reports of crocs and gators attacking people; here is news of a woman attacked by a caiman, in Trinidad, bitten on the foot and hand. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tennessee Caiman Caught

A 4 1/2 foot caiman was finally captured in the Little Pigeon River. (News source.)

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Crocodilian News

A Japanese aquarium has a dwarf caiman that entertains crowds by standing on its hind legs when water is poured on it. (Reminiscent of a waterfall?) (News source.)

Here is a profile on a South Carolina alligator wrangler, who captures problem gators.

And an article on South Carolina's new alligator hunting season. (News source.)

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Norway Caiman Returned

The dwarf caiman stolen from a Norwegian aquarium was returned; the thief was a reptile enthusiast (part of this site, it looks like) who claimed the animal was kept in poor conditions. (News source.)

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Crocs in the News

Vietnamese farmers are finding that croc raising isn't as lucrative as they hoped, and poor caging means that escapees are common. (News source.)

Here is a profile on a caiman hunter/skinner.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Croc News

The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust has hatched six Cuvier's dwarf caiman, the first time for that species in South Asia. (News source.)

The Taiwanese veterinarian who lost his arm to a crocodile has had it reattached. (News source.)

A Russian crocodile smuggler was caught red-handed at the Cairo International Airport with baby crocs, turtles, and lizards. He was deported, and the animals confiscated. (News source.)

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Friday, October 5, 2007

Caiman Farm

A caiman-meat & hide farming facility, with slaughterhouse, tannery, and possible restaurant, is being funded in Brazil. (News source.)

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Baby Makes Three

Two "female" yacare caiman at the Blackpool Zoo (UK) turned out to be a pair, as keepers found a baby caiman wandering the enclosure. (News source.)

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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Caiman Sentence

A Virginia man was sentenced with 20 days in jail for selling a caiman, illegal in that state. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Japanese Caiman Owner Charged

A Japanese man, whose two caimans were found wandering the area, was charged with keeping them without prefectural permission. (News source.)

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Crocs OOP Around the World

A 4-foot gator was captured in Hokendauqua Creek, in the Lehigh Valley, PA. (News source.)

Two small crocodilians, one possibly a caiman, were captured in a ditch and a rice paddy in Kanazawa district, Japan. (News source.)

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

California Caiman

A 4-foot long caiman was found in a flood control ditch near a Fremont, CA, high school. (News source.)

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Caiman Trouble

A Virginia man was arrested for trying to sell a caiman, illegal in that state. (News source.)

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Michigan Caiman

A two-foot caiman was captured in White Lake Township, Oakland County, MI. (News source.)

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Black Caiman on Exhibit

The Central Florida Zoo has put a black caiman on display in a new exhibit. The caiman is on loan from the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. (News source.)

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