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  • People Who Live With Gators and Crocs

    Ten-year-old Samantha Young's earliest memories are of her remarkable interactions at the Colorado Gators Reptile Park in Mosca, Colo., where she and her father, Jay Young, help to take care of some 350 alligators. Samantha has learned from her dad how to "wrestle" gators safely to get them out of the water for medical attention, though she leaves the larger ones for her father to handle. <b>Watch the full story on "20/20" on Friday at 10 p.m. ET.</b>
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    Samantha, shown here as an infant, says the creatures are nicer than some people.
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  • People Who Live With Gators and Crocs

    Samantha, shown here several years ago, says her three favorite hobbies are painting, scuba diving and gator wrestling.
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  • People Who Live With Gators and Crocs

    The geothermal pools at the Colorado Gators Reptile Park keep the alligators warm in the freezing Colorado mountains. The temperature of the water remains at 87 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. "Our alligators are warmer through the wintertime here than the ones in Florida are," Jay Young says.
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  • People Who Live With Gators and Crocs

    "You can't really be afraid [of alligators] because fear causes hesitation and hesitation will cause your worst fears to come true," Jay Young says.
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  • People Who Live With Gators and Crocs

    For Erin Young, dating and later marrying Jay Young meant falling in love with alligators too. "On our third date he made me take the alligator wrestling class … And he said if I wasn't willing to at least try to wrestle alligators, then we might as well quit there," she said.
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  • People Who Live With Gators and Crocs

    Colorado Gators Reptile Park was originally a tilapia fish farm. "The reason we got our first alligators was to be garbage disposals for the fish farm," Jay Young said. "Alligators are perfect for getting rid of dead fish… It's over 2,500 pounds per square inch jaw strength there."
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  • People Who Live With Gators and Crocs

    Vicki Lowing, 53, a nurse in Australia, lives with three crocodiles, including 15-year-old Johnie, who likes to call "shotgun" in Lowing's car when they go out on the town.
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  • People Who Live With Gators and Crocs

    Johnie, a saltwater crocodile, has the run of Lowing's house, and has even slept on her son Andrew's bed. "Johnie's always been a bit dominant over Andrew because she's a crocodile -- she might be younger but she's a crocodile," Lowing said.
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    Someone left Johnie on Lowing's doorstep when the crocodile was 5 weeks old. Lowing remembers that, at the time, Johnie was emaciated but "snappy." Taking her in, Lowing said, was "like adopting a baby."
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    Lowing cools off her saltwater crocodile Jilfia. She says that while she loves her crocs, they have made meeting men tough. "I do meet nice blokes and then when they do eventually come home and see I've got the crocodiles, they just run. They all run."
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    Lowing shows Johnie at local schools.
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