Alligator kept as 'pet' found in bathtub of Longview home

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - The owner of an alligator kept as a 'pet' in a bathtub is facing a charge of illegally owning a wild animal.

Longview Police report that Texas Game Warden Todd Long, and ACO Officers Chris Kemper and Jacqui Lynch found the alligator in a bathtub at a house in Longview.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, it is illegal to remove any alligators from their natural habitat or accept one as a pet.

It is a violation of state law to do so. Alligators do not become tame in captivity and handling even small ones may result in bites.

In particular, never go near baby alligators or pick them up. They may seem cute and harmless, but mama alligator will be nearby, and will protect her clutch for at least two years.

The three foot alligator was found near Enterprise Street, and is now in the custody of animal control officer according to Gregg County Game Warden Todd Long.

The owner faces up to $500 in fines.


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