Contact the Administrator:
International rescue and placement assistance for
caimans and crocodiles, for:
·Government & Rescue Agencies
note: Croc Rescue Network (CRN) does not
participate in the removal of wild alligators in
the states where alligators are native. If you live in an alligator
range state (Alabama,
Arkansas, Florida, Georgia Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina,
Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas),
an alligator in your vicinity is a "nuisance"
or danger, we
encourage you to visit the
page at LivingAmongAlligators.net and choose the wildlife agency of your state or county and
contact them for assistance.
IF YOUR SITUATION IS AN EMERGENCY,
contact your local public emergency service; you may DIAL
911 (in the U.S.) or the emergency number applicable to your location.
We also recommend that you review the
"About Alligators" and
pages (and their supplemental resources) at LivingAmongAlligators.net,
in making your assessment of any non-emergency situation
involving an alligator or other crocodilian.
Croc Rescue Network was launched in 2007 as a
quasi-formal network of crocodilian professionals and professional
entities/ institutions who seek to find, or serve as, qualified homes
for unwanted alligators, caimans and crocodiles. All participants are
licensed, as applicable and adhere to all laws, regulations, rules and
ordinances pertaining to the posession and management of animal species.
Don't release your pet crocodilian or let it die. Let us try to help.
Thousands of crocodilians, including alligators,
caimans and crocodiles are bought and sold each year and many die in
captivity or are released into the wild. Releasing such an animal into
the wild is both illegal (in many states and countries) potentially
harmful to the animal and the local ecosystem, and possibly harmful to
And contrary to the claims of some pet merchants, these reptiles don't stay
in size because they're kept in small enclosures; a small, long-term enclosure for
growing reptile is unethical as it represents poor care for the animal.
There may be a solution.
The young alligator pictured here was severely emaciated
and suffering from parasitic infection; it was kept as a
Read about the prevalence of abandoned alligator "pets" in
Some who acquire them
understandably can no longer keep them because they seem ill or they've
become dangerous or too large-- or for some other reason. If this is your
case, please don't release it into the wild,
give it to a friend, or let it die. Why?
Crocodilians are both fascinating
and exciting to experience but they make poor "pets!" They require special care which
only experts can provide, and this care becomes expensive and
time-consuming, not to mention that these animals are potentially very
If you have a crocodilian you can no longer keep, practically wherever
you are in the world, you may submit an inquiry at the email link above.
Your situation will be reviewed, and by means of an extensive network of experts try to
find a suitable home for the animal.
The abandoned alligator
pictured here was
captured loose in a northern state and sent to a proper home.
Many crocodiles, alligators and caimans that private
owners wish to release or place with someone are suffering from illness
(even though the owner may not know it), so time may be of the essence.
Also, if you live in an area that experiences
relatively low temperatures (for example, in the U.S. practically any
area north of the latitude of Florida), it is very likely that the more
tropical of the species, such as crocodiles and some caimans will not
survive in the wild; alligators may only survive to the approximate
latitude of North Carolina. In other regions, the environment is too
dry, and a crocodilian would most likely dehydrate quickly.
limited to those circumstances involving crocodiles, alligators and caimans.
If you have another kind of reptile, amphibian or
exotic animal to find a home for, please search the Internet for a herpetological
organizations nearest your location. and request assistance.
Are you a trapper or with a shelter or government
animal control agency?
Please contact the CRN administrator via email
at the address shown above to discuss possible
assistance in finding a suitable home for an unwanted alligator, caiman
Do you have a animal that is ill?
If you have a caiman,
alligator or crocodile in need of immediate veterinary care please refer
to this listing of
who specialize in crocodilians. If you do not see a vet on the listing
who provides service in your area or if you have another kind of reptile
or amphibian in need of such care, please visit the sites of the
Reptilian & Amphibian Veterinarians or
Herp Vet Connection
CRN complies with all laws, regulations and ordinances pertaining to an animal
requiring placement and works with authorities when necessary in placing
an animal. The terms on this webpage are void where prohibited by law.