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Smiley the crocodile may get a new home

Smiley the hybrid crocodile maybe getting a new home at the Cayman Turtle Centre. Smiley is a crossbreed between of Cuban and American crocodile, she was captured 12 years ago in 2006 and has since been living at the Turtle Centre in a reconstructed turtle pen. The nine-foot beast is outgrowing her cage and is in need of something bigger. Curator Terrestrial and Education manager Geddes Hislop said that they are working towards getting the funds to build smiley a new home.

“She is a big attraction for tourist because people come to see a crocodile show and it also gives us an opportunity to teach people about the crocodiles and to tell them the importance the crocodile has to the Cayman Islands, because if it wasn’t for these animals we would be called something else, cause Cayman means crocodile,” said Mr. Hislop.

In 1530 Cayman was known as the Caymanes after the Carib word caimán for the marine crocodile, either the American or the Cuban crocodile, Crocodylus acutus  or C. rhombifer , which also lived there. Recent sub-fossil findings suggest that C. rhombifer, a freshwater species, were prevalent until the 20th century.

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Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell Jr. joined Cayman 27 in the spring of 2018. He started off as a part-time photographer but thanks to his hard-work, dedication and eye for photography, he was offered a full-time position as a reporter trainee. Seaford is committed to bringing the people of Cayman informative and balanced news about what’s happening in the community.

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