Officials in Massachusetts are reminding residents that not all four-legged creatures are welcome in the Commonwealth as pets.
Massachusetts Environmental Police say they had to take an alligator from a private home in Wareham.
Owning any crocodilians, including alligators, crocodiles, caimans and gavials, is illegal in the Bay State.
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The alligator is being given to professionals trained in reptile care and rehabilitation, officials said.
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