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Florida man keeps Gopher Tortoise hatchlings and Alligator as his pets in his bedroom

Posted at 2:25 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 09:40:21-04

NAPLES, Fla. — Florida Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement responded to a report of Gopher Tortoises and a small American Alligator at a Naples residence.

Upon arrival, FWC made contact with Christopher Ethier, who had an active warrant.

The Officer explained he received a tip that Ethier was keeping 3 Gopher Tortoise and an American Alligator as pets.

Ethier gave consent to the Officer to search the house.

Inside the Officer located 3 Gopher Tortoise hatchlings and an American Alligator inside the individual’s bedroom.


Either was charged with 3 counts of Possessing State-Designated Threatened Species and 1 count of Unlawful Sale, Possession or Transporting of Alligators or Alligator Skins.

He was served his warrant, arrested and was taken to the Collier County Jail.