State wildlife officials have confiscated an alligator that had been living in a Vermont home for seven years.
The 6-foot-4-inch American alligator, estimated to be 17 years old, was seized by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife last Wednesday and was to be moved to a proper environment.
"This animal could have harmed a child, not to mention the people who were taking care of it," said Michael Ralbovsky of Rainforest Reptiles of Boston, who helped Vermont agents seize the alligator.
Ralbovsky said the alligator, which was kept in a wood and glass enclosure in the home's basement, was well taken care of, but at 125 pounds, was small for its age.
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