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An option spread with unusually large commissions for the involved broker(s). In an alligator, the commissions are so large that the potential profit from the spread is not worth the expense. In such a situation, the investor holding the spread is said to be "eaten alive."
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An option spread in which the commissions are so large a part of any potential profit that the investor gets eaten alive. Obviously, alligator spreads are of greater benefit to the broker than to the investor.
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Evidence has provided for PHC presence in captive Chinese alligators and has investigated that these chemicals can be maternally transferred to the eggs.
Breeding centers have been proven successful in the management of captive Chinese alligators and the carried more than 10,000 individuals at the Anhui Research Center for Chinese Alligator Reproduction (ARCCAR) (Thorbjarnarson, 2002; Chen et al., 2003).
It has documented in 2013 that there were ~100 wild Chinese alligators and ~10,000 captive individuals in Anhui and Zhejiang Provinces (Wan et al., 2013).
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As one of the highly endangered crocodilians in the world, Chinese alligators have been secured with the maximum effort of Chinese and international law over the past years (Wan et al., 1998).
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Age- and gender-related accumulation of peruoroalkyl substances in captive Chinese alligators (Alligator sinensis).
Persistent halogenated compounds in captive Chinese alligators (Alligator sinensis) from China.
Selection of the captive-bred Chinese alligators (Alligator sinensis) for wild releasing based on microsatellite loci analysis.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature predicted the wild Chinese alligator as being the most endangered among 23 crocodilian species and The Convention was held in international trade of world endangered species and regarded Chinese alligator as Accessory I endangered species (Chen et al., 2003).
Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida, says adults especially are drawn to the Chinese alligator. He believes it might be the alligator's small stature, compact snout or their "puppy-dog" eyes that attract mature audiences.

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