haha, theres a bit of tape yuou acnt see there. He's not erally handled that much, and considering that he's not too bad. I just work with him, and in his pond whihc is 23 foot long and waiste deep. Im up to my waist in the water pulling the plug out the bottom to drain it while he just sits in the water at the other end quite happily. If handled from hatchling, gators can be really really tame. Not sure if you'd wanna trust it when its 14 odd foot though!