An American alligator was turned over to the Suffolk County SPCA and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA said the two-foot long alligator was given to the SPCA on Tuesday, July 14 because the owner, who had purchased the alligator out of state, did not have a license to own it in New York State.
The reptile will be transported to a licensed wildlife sanctuary.
Gross said "alligators do not make good pets, are a danger to the public, and are illegal to own without a license."
The Suffolk County SPCA is reminding residents to be careful of reptiles found in the wild and not to touch or approach them.
Alligators possess a keen sense of hearing, allowing them to determine the source of sounds.
Anyone who sees an abandoned reptile is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722 or NYS Environmental Conservation at 631-444-0250. All calls will be kept confidential.
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