Meet Wisbech’s snappy new resident
The arrival of Wisbech’s snappiest new resident has made a dream come true for a couple.
Fangtasia Reptile Emporium owners Karen D’Arcy and Andrew Shortland have been hoping to get a crocodile for some time.
Now they have welcomed a new hatchling Spectacle Caimen to their Norfolk Street site.
The crocodile is nine weeks old and will reach a massive 6ft in length by the time it is three-and-a-half years-old.
This is the first Dangerous Wild Animals Licensed crocodile in the area.
Mr Shortland is hoping to educate people about the crocodile, which he is keeping as a pet and is not for sale.
He said: “It was absolutely brilliant to be handed the crocodile. We both fell instantly in love with the crocodile.
“At the moment we are not sure if it is a male or female and is not enough to have the procedure.
“It handles pretty well at the moment but we know that will change in the future.
“We have been keeping reptiles for 20 years and this is a natural progression.
“We are the only people to be given a licence in the area and it has taken years to be in this position.
“Karen is the only person licensed in Cambridgeshire.”
The couple are looking to expand their site and will be creating a special enclosure for the crocodile when it is over a year old.
It is currently living in an aquarium and snaps up small crickets.
At six months old, it will move onto mice and chicks and rats and rabbits will be on the menu as an adult.
The couple have no plans to get another crocodile and this little hatchling was bred in Europe.
They picked him up from a licensed store in Dunstable two weeks ago.