Alligator among illegal reptiles seized from metro home

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Illegal exotic animals were found living at a southeast Oklahoma City home.

When NewsChannel 4 went to investigate, our photographer and reporter got quite a scare.

Our crew was getting video of the property and, even though they were not on the man’s land, he became upset and took our camera.

We called police, and they got our camera back.

We originally went to the property because its where the Oklahoma Wildlife Department and other agencies seized an American Alligator, three Alligator Snapping Turtles and one Texas Horned Lizard.

Those reptiles are not allowed to be pets in Oklahoma.

“This is something you don’t see in Oklahoma very often,” said Bryan Wilkerson with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

Among those creatures, officers also discovered over 100 exotic snakes.

“There’s anacondas,” Wilkerson said. “He has snakes from Africa. He has snakes from South America.”

Snakes from around the world that wildlife officials said are here illegally.

“All the venomous snakes were brought into Oklahoma without an import permit. So, we will leave those animals with him, and we’ll work to make him legal on those animals,” Wilkerson said.

The agency is trying to work with the homeowner so he can keep his prized possessions.

“It’s kind of an amazing thing, because this collection’s extensive. We were estimating that he probably has over $100,000 in these animals,” Wilkerson said.

Wildlife officers found the animals after the water department went out to investigate what they thought was a leak because of a large amount of water usage on the property.

The property owner is facing several misdemeanor charges.

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