Man arrested after police find 4-foot alligator in New York home


RONKONKOMA, N.Y. — Police say a 4-foot alligator was found living inside of a home in Ronkonkoma, New York, a suburban town on Long Island.

According to CBS New York, police contacted the SPCA and Department of Environmental Conservation police after making the discovery.

“Alligators do not make good pets and are illegal to own without a license,” said Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross.

Authorities say the alligator is being transported to a wildlife sanctuary outside of New York.

The reptile’s owner was charged with illegal possession of the animal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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