A 6-foot-long alligator was removed from a Long Island home over the weekend, authorities said.
The Suffolk County SPCA said that it was called to a home in Medford on Sunday after getting a call about the illegally kept animal.
When they arrived, they found the reptilian predator in a heated shed in the backyard. The animal, which was in good health was then removed from the property.
“Alligators do not make good pets and one of this size could be deadly,” said Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross. “Alligators will bite the hand that feeds them.”
Gross said it was the biggest alligator the SPCA had seized in the 30 years he'd been there.
The animal’s owner was charged with illegal possession of an animal.
The alligator was taken to a wildlife sanctuary out of state.