I'm just landscaping the back yard (recently moved into this place) and spent a squillion dollars on palms, brick and mortar today. I'm building a freshwater pond ~6 metres long, 3 metres wide x 0.5 metres deep(est). A caiman would be the finishing touch (it might stop the cats pooping in the garden for sure)! How does one procure such a beast? I don't suppose there's such a thing as mail-order caiman is there?? (to New Zealand). Probably laws against such things.
"Because they are tropical animals, Cuvier's Dwarf Caimans should have a daytime high temperature of about 33 degrees Celsius with a nighttime low of about 25 degrees Celsius. The water area should remain around 26 degrees Celsius. Although Caimans may not bask as much as other crocodilians, they should be allowed a basking spot in the enclosure."
Thanks for that link; too true C, too cold here in NZ for this wee beast (we get to 0°C at night, extreme low). I did have an entertaining last eve contemplating a croc in the garden.
Back to the drawing board; might get some killer koi.
I think Colin's on to something...go try an american alligator ....ive occasionally seen seen them around where i live, and definitely a little further south... i compared climates and you have a much milder year...
plus if it doesnt work out as a decoration/garbage disposal, the meat isnt too bad....
very disappointed that the pool is not marine, 'cause then you could keep some giant octo-puss [however I know that they are not common Kat(eating)fische].
It would also keep the environmental hounds at bay (as I believe they object to every little alien - from mosquito to pigs - that attempts to arrive in those beautiful islands), as you could use native species.
Could even be considered the NZ equivalent of a busman's holiday every time you arrived home??
... I'll be trying a marine tank at home, but not indoors (I don't think the floorboards would take 1 ton of water); I've an outside room in which I'll keep the squid on a recirc system.
We're looking at a live squid display at a local fishmart, so 'squid are on the move'. I'm quite comfortable with the system/animals now, enough so to gamble on a little additional public/squid exposure.
It would rock to have an Archi in your back yard, but not yet (too many kids around).
Local children still remember the cuttlefish I had years ago - but now they have to make do with a Robin which will come when called and perch on their hands to feed.
(My wife was greatly amused when a courier delivered a parcel the other day - as she went to sign his clip-board Tweet muscled in and the courier took a sharp step backwards! Tweet hung around (literally) until Sheila fed him, and the courier also hand fed Tweet a mealworm, before going away muttering that he could not believe what had happened!)
The bird also nearly got me in trouble - while I was feeding him I saw a cat stalking across the road. In my usually guise of the biggest, ugliest cat on the block I hissed violently at it, so it retreated, and I saw it off with another hiss. Almost immediately a neighbour appeared round the same corner, saying that she knew it was me that had frightened the cat into her garden - when she had only just managed to get rid of the wretched creature!!
The last time I heard of Big Boy, he was living about 25km away in a small village called Tatsfield. Although he lives outdoors in summer, I have never heard of him being leased out on a food and board basis for cat control. However, I do understand that he used to be a popular introduction of reptiles to children! (The owners used to run their large constrictors outside sometimes, and children could handle them, but I don't know whether safety legislation has stopped that?) :x
Maybe sub juvinille archis in the pond next year Steve :? Cuttlefish would be nice but I wonder what species could survive that temp.
Speaking of constrictors, I tried getting a pretty cornsnake and a green tree python from a pets store in Malaysia, but there's a law prohibiting the import of snakes from any other countries. I'm not sure if it could be done with a permit but I guess i'll have to be contented with the local burmese and retics for now