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A man who shares his bungalow with a 6ft crocodile is appealing for a mate... and she'd better make it snappy.
Wacky Chris Weller, 67, bought massive croc Caesar eight years ago when he was less than 1ft long.
He has since spent more than £20,000 converting his small home so his pet can roam free - including a 9ft pool in the conservatory.
"He eats whenever he likes, and enjoys salmon, trout and rats. I can stroke him when he is in the mood but he soon shows you if he is a bit irritable. He hasn't bitten me for two or three years.
"It sounds like a car starting up and he makes it every few minutes. I can hear it when I am upstairs in my loft conversion" - Chris Weller
"But when he does it can make a bit of a mess. But now he knows I get him the grub - he's not stupid.
"He's actually very careful not to bite me. When I put the food down for him instead of rushing he waits till I've put it down and I'm finished."
Mr Weller had to apply for a dangerous animal licence in order to legally keep Caesar and has to comply with certain hygiene, diet and security requirements.
His home has a sophisticated lock system to prevent the croc from escaping and he had CCTV installed which he can watch from upstairs.
Caesar's species can live for 40 years and typically reach 7ft.
Mr Weller - who also has water monitors, terrapin turtles, parrots, lizards and wood pigeons - said he wouldn't dream of having conventional pets.
Video: Chris Weller with some of his reptile pets in 2010
"I've never wanted to get a cat or a dog," he said. "When you have a home to yourself you think 'Well, why not?' - and just go for it."
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