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Officials Collect Seven Reptiles During Animal Amnesty Day

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Officials from the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection say they accepted seven animals during the department’s Animal Amnesty Day Saturday at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. The program allowed people who possesion animals that are illegal to own in Connecticut the opportunity to turn them in without facing penalties.

DEEP Spokesman Dennis Schain says the animals included two American alligators that were almost three feet long, two pythons, two Burmese pythons– including one that was almost 12 feet long– and an alligator snapping turtle. The animals were turned over to a Masschusetts-based reptile group that will care for them and use them to educate people about reptiles.

Schain said a similar program three years ago brought in 14 animals illegally being kept as pets.

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