Texas officials discover large alligator-like reptile in their home

Texas authorities have confiscated a large alligator-like reptile found in a home. The crocodilian, believed to be a caiman, was about a meter long.

Rusk County Sheriff’s Office

On January 21, the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Game Wardens seized drugs and a large alligator-like reptile of a house in East Texas. The crocodilian, believed to be a caiman, was about 3 feet long, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office.

Along with the reptile, officials found what they believed to be marijuana, a quarter pound of magic mushrooms, suspected THC edibles, angel dust (PCP), and 76 THC vape cartridges ( Delta 9). They also said they seized firearms and US currency. Officials obtained a search warrant for the house after receiving a Crime Stoppers Tip.

Jason Best, 44, of Kilgore near Longview, has been charged with a total of four controlled substance offences. Best’s bail was set at a total of $118,500.

Rusk County officials and City of Kilgore animal control officials arranged for the caiman to be transferred to Nature’s Edge, a wildlife rescue center in Dallas. Caimans, also spelled caiman, are related to alligator and generally placed with them in the family Alligatoridae, according to British.

Caimans, like all other members of the order Crocodilia, are amphibious carnivores. They live along rivers and other bodies of water and reproduce by means of hard-shelled eggs laid in nests built and guarded by the female.

The reptiles are usually brown, gray or dull green to help camouflage them while they hunt, depending on the animal network. All caiman species have a bony crest that extends from the eyes to the snout.

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