Exotic pets: Zachary, a 9-year-old 5-foot American alligator, visited the Suffolk County SPCA

SUFFOLK COUNTY, Long Island (WABC) — On Wednesday, the Suffolk County SPCA received an interesting handover of animals.

Zachary, a 9-year-old 5-foot American alligator, was turned over to authorities by his owner.

Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross said the owner purchased the reptile out of state and did not have a license to own it.

The owner realized he could no longer care for the animal and decided to contact animal services.

This exotic animal surrender comes after the capture of a Lynx in Central Islip.

Animal services officials believe the animal may have been bred domestically due to its temperament.

Zachary will be transported to an approved wildlife sanctuary.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the county SPCA advise residents to call a professional if they encounter a dangerous animal.

They also continue to offer exotic pet owners the opportunity to surrender their pets without penalty or charge for illegal possession.

Anyone who sees an abandoned reptile is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722 or NYSDEC Police at 631-444-0250. All calls will remain confidential.

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