- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

SMITHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Keepers of crocodiles and pythons on eastern Long Island are being offered a break.

The Suffolk County SPCA is holding an “amnesty day” this weekend for owners of illegally possessed reptiles and amphibians.

SPCA Chief Roy Gross says that over the last several years, numerous alligators have been found in Long Island waterways.

They have been illegally released by owners who did not have the ability to care for the growing animals.

Gross says the amnesty initiative this Sunday is aimed at getting reptiles and amphibians into a controlled environment where they can be cared for properly.

Gross says the animals cannot survive Long Island winters.

Trained handlers will be available to accept the reptiles and amphibians from the public.

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