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Tuesday, 3 September, 2002, 17:09 GMT 18:09 UK
Crocodiles found in bedroom
Crocodiles
The reptiles could be rehomed in a wildlife park
Two crocodiles have been seized from the bedroom of a house in Greater Manchester.

The reptiles, normally found in South America, were taken from the property in Oldham by police and council officers.

Certain reptiles, including crocodiles, can only be kept with a licence under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.

Other reptiles and amphibians found at the house were checked by vets, and a tortoise was taken away for treatment.


Exotic pets require licences for very good reasons

Carol Brown
Oldham Council

A spokeswoman for Oldham Council said a man has been cautioned by police in connection with the find.

Carol Brown, acting Assistant Director of Environment and Transportation at Oldham Council, said: "Unfortunately people are still ignoring warnings about the dangers in keeping reptiles, amphibians and other animals in inappropriate conditions.

"Not only is this against the law, but this irresponsible behaviour can cause serious injuries to the pet owner or family members.

"Exotic pets require licences for very good reasons.

"Not only do they have specific needs, but they are also potentially extremely aggressive and dangerous."

The spectacled caimans are currently being looked after by experts.

Government permission has to be granted before they are rehomed, possibly to a specialist wildlife park.


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