Man’s pet is a ‘friendly’ 55-pound croc

IRKUTSK, Russia (NBC/RTV) — Some have dogs and cats as pets, while a Siberian man has chosen a crocodile.

Sergei Falkov has adopted this baby croc named Tuzik. He got Tuzik from Africa when it was just 8 inches long.

The croc now weighs 55 pounds — and counting.

Falkov says he tries to keep his modest flat at about 85 degrees to make it comfortable for Tuzik.

Falkov said Tuzik is friendly and even likes to share its food with the cat.

But he does admit when it was small, Tuzik wasn’t so nice. He broke four of Falkov’s fingers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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