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International rescue and placement assistance for alligators, caimans and crocodiles, for:


   ·Pet/Private Owners


   ·Government & Rescue Agencies

   ·Zoological Institutions


Please 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), and believe an alligator in your vicinity is a "nuisance" or danger, we encourage you to visit the Government Links page at 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 "Staying Safe" pages (and their supplemental resources) at, 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.


Pet owners:

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 people.


A young emaciated alligator.And contrary to the claims of some pet merchants, these reptiles don't stay healthfully small in size because they're kept in small enclosures; a small, long-term enclosure for a 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 "pet" in Ohio.



Read about the prevalence of abandoned alligator "pets" in America,

here, here and here.



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 An abandoned juvenile american alligator in a large bucket.these animals are potentially very dangerous.


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.


Assistance is 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 or crocodile.


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 Veterinarians 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 Association of Reptilian & Amphibian Veterinarians or the Herp Vet Connection for assistance.


Legal Notice


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.



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