AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin Animal Center came across some reptiles on Tuesday that they normally don't see in Austin. While the animals were interesting to see, the homeowner in Northwest Austin had to turn over his two caimans to the Austin Animal Center.
According to Chris Noble, deputy chief Animal Services Officer, Austin police were originally called to the home in the 12400 block of Burr Ridge Drive on an unrelated call, but when the officers got there they noticed that the homeowner had two large reptiles in his home.
An individual is not allowed to be in possession of a dangerous animal within city limits, so AAC was called to the home.
The homeowner told authorities that he's had one of the crocodiles for at least 10 years and didn't realize he wasn't allowed to keep the reptiles. The two caimans were around three- to four feet long.
The area where his home is located was annexed into by the city a few years ago, according to Noble.
The owner voluntarily turned the caimans over to AAC which in turn gave them to the Austin Reptile Service for permanent placement.
No enforcement action was taken against the reptile owner.
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