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Saturday Is Reptile And Amphibian Amnesty Day On Long Island

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - It might have been cute when you first got it, but now that snake, lizard, or alligator may be a little to much to handle. If that's your situation, Saturday is the day for your day.

The Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown, Long Island will gladly take it off your hands as part of tomorrow's Reptile and Amphibian Amnesty Day.

"Really, reptiles that are illegal pets. Reptiles that shouldn't be pets in people's houses. Reptiles that perhaps are venomous," the center's Janice Bendicksen told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

Saturday Is Reptile And Amphibian Amnesty Day On Long Island


She said that last year there were a lot of alligators released into Long Island ponds.

"People, obviously, realized that they didn't they didn't make good pets and thought, 'Well, maybe we'll just release them,'" she said.

No questions will be asked at the event.

"Whether it be large or small, venomous, non-venomous, any reptile," she said.

Bendicksen said it's amazing the kinds of animals some people have.

"Last year, they found a whole bunch of rattlesnakes in the wild," she said.

So, bring in your pet so it will be properly cared for and you become its lunch.

The center is located at 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787. Website

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