NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn man is under arrest after police raided his home Tuesday and discovered an alligator and several snakes.

The NYPD said they were tipped off about the reptiles and obtained a warrant to search the home on Atlantic Avenue, 1010 WINS reported.

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The 7:20 a.m. raid turned up nine boa constrictors and an alligator, CBS2 Valerie Castro reported.

Johnnie Morgan, 44, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, police said.

“He’s a very respectable and a very kind person, he didn’t bother nobody, he didn’t do anything to anybody,” said friend Nisa Dickson.

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Sources tell Castro Morgan has been in trouble before and was arrested in 2013 for possession illegal reptiles and in 2012 for feeding live chickens to snakes on a public sidewalk.

Dickson said the suspect loved the animals like family and claims they were harmless.

“It’s a baby, it wasn’t like it was 6 feet long where they had to be like oh my god, someone’s going to die, no it was just a baby,” Dickson said.

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The reptiles were taken to the Bronx Zoo