You know when you go for a nice winter walk in Jersey and you stumble upon an alligator? Yeah, I didn’t think so.  Well, that is precisely what happened to one family in Monmouth County.

A good Samaritan found an abandoned alligator in a plastic bin covered in garbage. It is not exactly what you are expecting to find.

It is illegal to own an alligator in New Jersey and this is one of the major reasons why.  People think they are interesting and even cute when they are babies but then they, of course, get too big to handle so they get tossed out or abandoned. In looking at this little guy you can see the charm, for a few weeks or so...

Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash
Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

At some point, they get like this and there is no way he's staying in your bathtub.

Photo by Lisa Yount on Unsplash
Photo by Lisa Yount on Unsplash

If this reptile was not discovered it would have frozen to death so the boy and his family found him just in time.


Officials are looking for the person that abandoned the gator in Neptune Township so they can slap them with an animal cruelty charge. The Monmouth County SPCA is currently caring for the animal by warming it up with heated blankets and heated water in a facility located in Eatontown.  


The animal could have just been left at the Division of Fish and Wildlife which is where it will be eventually relocated after it recovers. He was a pretty big boy even though he is still a young reptile.  Here is some footage from ABC 7 News:

If anyone has any information about the person involved, is asked to call SPCA Humane Law Enforcement at 732-496-9719.

Here is a full list of the animals you are not allowed to own in New Jersey:

10 Exotic Animals That Are Legal To Own In New Jersey

Who woulda thought?

Here is a full list of pets banned in each state:

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.


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