Forget the ‘Rat in your Kitchen’…

… in Russian they have a much bigger problem to deal with.

Police in St Petersburg discovered a Nile crocodile living in the basement of an apartment building they had just raided. They had arrested a man on suspicion of having illegal weapons and stumbled across the two-metre long reptile when searching his home for guns and explosives at the tail end of last year.

Nile crocodiles can grow up to 5 metres in length and weigh three quarters of a tonne in the wild. They are not really suited to cold weather and rely on the Sun to warm up, so living in Russian must’ve been quite the struggle. Nile crocodiles are notoriously aggressive and are not fussy when it comes to prey, killing hundreds of humans every year – this in itself makes them TERRIBLE pets.

Our professional advice is that you do not keep them as pets at all, in the basement or anywhere, actually. There are a great many things that are more appropriate to keep in your basement spaces – none of which involve man eating animals.

If you like to give yourself a fright, why not install a home cinema in your basement – you can get all the thrills of the movies but without the teeth; or perhaps you would like a water feature in your basement, and what’s better than a muddy croc-infested pool? That’s right a beautiful swimming pool or even a hot tub – the world is your oyster. If you’re looking for something that will give you the warmth that usually only a trip to the banks of the Nile can achieve, we’ve even designed basements with saunas installed.

Other potential uses for your basement aside from giant terrariums can include a new living room for the family to spend some quality time; perhaps you have room for a games room or a play room for your children? We’ve designed bespoke basements for all manner of uses but, when it comes to private menageries we recommend you speak to someone who specialises in outdoor spaces.

If you are interested in doing something special with your existing basement space or looking to have a basement excavation under your property make sure you get in touch with us via email or on 01628 826 066. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Cartoon credit – drawkman

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