See This Pet Alligator Get His Own Pool Indoors… Yes, Pet Alligator!

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: November 30, 2023

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The internet is full of unique ways that people care for their pets, including adorable clothes, carriages to ride around in like kings and queens, and pet-designed furniture that fits their bodies to relax. Well, how about an indoor pool for a pet alligator? Let’s see how spoiled this pet gator is in the video above!

Pet Alligator Indoors

The YouTube clip at the top of this blog post shares a video of a pet alligator living indoors in Idaho! The Corbin Maxey YouTube page posted this clip on their channel. Maxey cares for over 30 exotic animals and loves his two rescue alligators named “Soni” and “Chompers,” according to his description. Let’s see what Chompers gets in the video above!

Alligator Gets To Go Swimming

These two rescue alligators, Soni and Chompers, are lucky enough to have their own house. Now, how many alligators can say they have their own house? And what is a house without an indoor pool? Maxey built an indoor pool to give his gators the cooling off they needed.

This pool that Maxey has built for these rescues is freshwater. According to the National Science Foundation, “Unlike their relatives, the crocodiles, alligators don’t have salt glands and therefore can’t survive full-time in salt water. They move back and forth between marine and freshwater ecosystems to rebalance their salt levels — and to feed.” 

As the video starts, we see this indoor pool needs filling up. Maxey starts to bring a hose through, and Chompers crawls toward it eagerly, hoping it is a new play toy. We hear Maxey yell out, “No, Chompers, no!” And the alligator stops dead like a respectful child listening to his parent. 

As the pool fills, we see Chompers enjoying the running water cascading down his scales. 

How Long Do Alligators Live in Captivity?

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Alligators are carnivores that eat fish, turtles, and snakes.

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Animals can either thrive or diminish in captivity, and it is vitally important to know what they need if you are rescuing an animal. The genus American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) can be found throughout Asia and North America. 

It’s difficult to imagine an alligator weighing up to 800 pounds and reaching 15 feet in length having any predators that hunt them; however, they do. Animals such as birds, raccoons, bobcats, and even other gators will prey on alligators. Because of this, their lifespan is shortened in the wild.

According to the Idaho Falls Government, animals in captivity can live up to 20 years longer. Alligators usually live up to 30 years, whereas, in captivity, they can live up to 50 years. 

So, as we can see from the video posted at the top, Maxey and his team are taking care of these two rescue alligators well. These two should live very long lives and spend most of them using their indoor pool!

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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