NY Amnesty Event Nets ... 3 Gators?
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2013 3:11 PM CDT
A young alligator, similar to those that turned up at an amnesty event on Long Island.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – New York's Long Island, perhaps more noted for nails-on-chalkboard accents than rampant reptiles, held an amnesty event for illegal cold-blooded critters yesterday and some surprising "pets" crawled out of the woodwork: Namely, three alligators. “I’m done with alligators,” said one guy who turned in 4-year-old Wally. “It was getting too big for its enclosure. I got it as a baby and got attached to it. I just want a better home for it.” As the New York Post reports, abandoned alligators represent a growing problem in the area, with four of them having been found in a local river last week. The gators surrendered yesterday were adopted by a traveling educational program; the event also took in a boa constrictor, two tortoises, and a snapping turtle. Click for one man who kept an alligator as a chick magnet.