The missing animal is a leucistic alligator, one of just ten in the world, according to Robbie Keszey in a phone conversation on Tuesday. Mr. Keszey stated that leucistic alligators may be worth $100,000 or more, but that "this gator cannot be sold."
The value of an endangered species has become increasingly important as human activity has caused many species to go extinct. In this case, however, it appears that someone has taken responsibility for the alligator's fate and won't be selling it for their own profit.
This shows that people will always try to make money off endangered animals because they can be used for entertainment or added to collections. If you come across an endangered animal while you're out and about, don't worry about who owns it - just leave it alone.
They can, however, cost up to $3,000 apiece. "Are you still interested in purchasing a baby alligator?" Bob inquired after a little pause. "I might be," I confessed. Owning an alligator seemed terrible, but the prospect of taming a monster piqued my interest.
Bob explained that an adult alligator can weigh up to 400 pounds and stand over 3 feet tall. They are not easy to maintain either - alligators need to swim to stay healthy and they also like to eat things like chicken and fish which most people don't want to feed them because they think it will make them grow larger. However, he went on to say that if I was willing to put in some time learning how to care for an alligator then I could have one as long as I took good care of it.
I asked how much an adult alligator costs and he said they usually go for about $10,000. This sounded like a lot of money, but considering that I'd be getting something that no other person on earth owned I figured I could handle it. Also, having known people who own parrots and monkeys has taught me that these animals are very valuable so putting down a big deposit isn't really an option.
When I told my mom what I was looking at spending she laughed and said that babies alligators weren't even close to being worth what I was expecting to pay.
"How much is a ten-foot alligator worth?" A wild gator seven feet or longer sells for between $12 and $15 per foot. A 10-foot gator will be purchased for $130 at a cost of $13 per foot. The value of the gator is calculated by multiplying the length of the gator by $13 per foot. The answer is $130.
Gators are found in rivers, lakes, and swamps across the United States. Although alligators can grow to be over 20 feet long, they are usually not more than 14 feet long because most people want to eat them rather than sell their skins. There are no real estimates on how many gators there are in the world because no one pays attention to them, but scientists guess that there may be as many as 16 million alligators in the United States alone.
Alligators need water to survive and they will often follow the shoreline looking for places to hide in order to ambush prey that comes to drink. They also like to hang out in quiet areas of ponds and lakes where there is little or no human activity. This means that if you have an interest in hunting then spending time in these kinds of locations will help you find alligators. Otherwise, you might want to look for other ways to hunt game.
Alligators are very powerful predators and they can weigh up to 1500 pounds or more.
According to local hunters and processors, the current price for an alligator is $20 per foot for a 9-foot or larger gator, $17 for an 8-foot gator, $13-$15 for a 7-foot gator, and $13-$14 for a 6-foot gator. "The costs are roughly 30% lower than last year," said Tim Domangue, proprietor of Greenwood Gator Farms and Tours. The fall harvest starts in late September and ends in early November.
Alligators are valued according to their size. A smaller alligator may be sold for less because it takes more hours to process. Also consider that alligator farmers sell both male and female alligators, so the ratio of males to females will affect prices.
An alligator's weight affects its value. The heavier the alligator, the higher the price. Of course, this also means that heavy alligators are harder to move; therefore, they require more time and effort to process.
Alligators are typically sold as meat or skin. If you're interested in buying alligator meat, make sure the seller has alligator licenses. Alligator meat is legal to sell in Florida only if it is harvested from licensed dealers. Licensed dealers must tag and mark each alligator with a unique identification number before selling it in order to prevent illegal sales or trades of alligator meat.
Florida law requires anyone who buys or sells alligator products to have a license. The license is free but license holders must pay a tax on their activities.
Dr. Ellen Boyd, associate veterinarian at Animal House of Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune that a 5-foot-long alligator discovered in Chicago's Humboldt Park was likely purchased as a pet when it was young, and was later abandoned in the wild when the animal became too much work and too large to care for. She said an adult alligator can weigh up to 400 pounds and can be as long as 9 feet.
Boyd also said there are concerns that this might not have been an isolated incident. There have been other reports of illegally dumped alligators being found in Humboldt Park, and some residents say they know of at least three other cases in different parts of the city.
One of those cases involved an 8-foot-long alligator that was found near the University of Chicago campus last year. In that case, the owner had bought the alligator from a taxidermy shop but then decided he didn't want it after all. He reported it to police but never claimed it so it was left in the park to be eaten by predators.
Another alligator was reportedly stolen from its lake habitat in suburban Oak Lawn earlier this year. This gator was recently found alive in Portage Park, which is about 10 miles away from where it was originally found. The current status of this gator is unknown.
Last but not least, an alligator was stolen from its pond in suburban Riverdale in April.