BALLWIN, MO (KTVI) – It`s the curious case of a crocodile in the Midwest, Ballwin to be exact.
'They had something slithering in their pond, so they called us out and we came out and found a caiman swimming in their pond,' says Jay Everitt, Technical Director Rottler Pest Control.
It was Saturday when Rottler Pest Control was called to come find the native from South and Central America,
Technical director Jay Everitt believes the three foot long caiman was someone's exotic pet.
'You know the pet outgrows its cage, says Everitt. 'They can't handle it anymore and they let it go. That's what I think happened in this situation.'
And my what long slender teeth a caiman contains,
Enough to bite off your finger.
Over the years Rottler has captured bats, beavers and more.
But crocodilian is in a new category, 'From the largest of tarantulas to bats to coyotes or there again a big snake,' says Everitt. 'We had a call the other day a snake in the light of the basement. Moved from there and went into the bathroom. So you just never know with this job what we're going to come across.'
And that`s why things that crawl should be captured by experts or says the St. Louis Herpetological Society.
'We've contacted a number of different rescue societies and we got a society that they're going to rehabilitate it and potentially send it off to a farm in South Carolina to live out the rest of its life, 'says Everitt.
Maybe one day tell a crocodilian tale to its grandkids or caimans of the big adventure in Ballwin and the second chance in South Carolina.