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I went out on a nuisance gator call expecting to catch a gator and ended up getting this 5 ft 6 inch caiman out of a local lake

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 Caiman? Is that a crocodile? When you catch them do you transplant 'em or do they end up on the supper table or as boots ;)?

                                As Ever,

                                 skillet

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I did not know caiman are in this part of the world and then I remembered that people will buy them when they are small and release them when they grow large.

That is why we have a python problem in the Everglades.

A guy caught a parinah in the Appomattox River last year.

And as we all know, we have Snakeheads in the Potomac.

It is such a shame to  have this happen to our great country.

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Dude, who you kidding? That's a gator. Caiman my a@% bro

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Its a Caiman it was probably a pet released years ago it was a female and that is as big as they usually get . The state makes us kill them onsite because they are an exotic.

here is another picture

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Thats a better picture. Somebody told me that when they first moved here in the 70's they had already wiped out all the caimen. Because before that they were breeding them here?

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Estimated first release from a tank - in the fifties

First spotted in the wilds - in the 60's

An attempt to erradicate them - in the 70's

The attempts were futile.

US population - Florida City to Lake Jessup in Seminole county

Majority of population in the Homestead - Florida city area

Extremely unusual in Indian River County area.

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There was a local pet store that sold Black Caimans here about 7-8 years ago, then they all of a sudden stopped selling them. I suspect they wer busted by Wildlife offcials.

T.

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Hey BK...

I thought all you gator getters lived in Okeechobee and needed dentures?

P.S.  How's about a belt.

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LOL I am the younger generation of trappers . Those old timers have taught me what I know .

I cant make a belt outta caiman they have bony scutes on their belly scales just like a gator has scutes on his back so its basically worthless :(

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