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tropicbreeze
Dec 23, 2010 9:46 AM CST
Christine, I don't know what the regulations are over there for keeping crocodiles/alligators but here it's tightly controlled.

Alligators are not allowed to be kept privately in the Northern Territory, they're an exotic. Crocodiles can be kept in an urban area only until they're 60 cms long (about 2 feet). Then they have to be surrended to where you bought them or to the wildlife authorities. You have to have a permit to keep them and before you get it your place and facilities are checked by the authorities for suitability.

If you live in a rural area you can keep them longer, provided you have a large area of land and suitable enclosures - cyclone wire embedded deep into concrete in the ground.

In other states the regulations may vary, in some you're not allowed to keep them at all unless you have a special purpose licence. One of the big worries is accidental (or even non-accidental) release of a dangerous animal which isn't afraid of people and associates people with food.

Where they don't occur naturally the authorities may not even think about them. That might mean that it's not so much it's legal to keep them, just that there's no laws saying that you can't keep them.

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