NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This isn’t something you see very often on Long Island.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

An alligator was found crawling on the front lawn of a home on Moriches Drive in Mastic Beach Friday morning.

The homeowner managed to capture the 2 1/2-foot critter in a plastic bin. It weighed about three or four pounds, police said.

Police arrived and taped the gator’s mouth shut to avoid injury.

The alligator was taken to a nearby pet shop and will be moved to Jungle Bob’s in Centereach.

The gator appears to be in good health, authorities said.

Alligator with Jungle Bob (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

The pet shop owner said it was likely discarded by someone who feared it would grow larger and become dangerous.

What would you do if you found an alligator in your yard? Share your thoughts below. 

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