Woman Thought She Found An Alligator - She Was Wrong

Deborah Salerno swore that she saw an alligator but no one would believe her. That’s because the reptile she saw floating belly-up while on a stroll in her neighborhood was actually a house pet.

Salerno was terrified when she thought alligators were invading Massachusetts.

"Then I noticed in the water, a floating dead alligator," she told the Eagle Tribune. "I called the police. I didn't know who to contact because I never heard of an alligator in the Merrimack."

Her husband, however, knew better. His guess, however, was also wrong.

He thought it might be a caiman, a smaller creature in the alligator family, that was seen roaming streets in town earlier that month, Eagle Tribune reports.

"I said, do you think there's more?" asked Salerno, scared.

They called the police, but she was disappointed when they arrived and decided they didn’t need to take any action or remove the creature from the water.

"For the most part, if it's just in an area that's pretty much not a public area, we just let nature take its course," Lt. Stephen Smith of the Methuen Police Department told the Eagle Review.

A manager at a local pet store saw the animal’s smooth black and white markings and deemed it to be an Argentine black and white tegu, a large lizard that Massachusetts allows as a house pet. Salerno said she felt much better after learning that it was only a house pet and not an alligator.

"I had thought it was an alligator and I felt lost because no one was trying to help me, no one was taking it seriously," she said.

Source: Eagle Tribune
Photo: Eagle-Tribune/Ryan Hutton

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