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Madeira Beach, Florida - Forget about ponies, bounce houses and clowns.

For $175, a Florida businessman is spicing up children’s parties by bringing tiny alligators and letting them swim in clients' pools.

Bob Barrett says the gator pool parties are totally safe - the reptiles' mouths are clamped shut with veterinary-grade tape.

He says he gives the children a safety lesson and a science talk about gators.

Barrett runs a beachside alligator attraction where people can get their photos taken with the young reptiles.

He started renting the gators to parties last summer when business was slow.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says Barrett has a licence to exhibit the gators and adds that people should always use caution when they come into contact with wild animals. - Sapa-AP