Houston resident calls animal control to remove ‘alligator’ that turns out to be lizard

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Published 7:23 pm, Monday, June 19, 2017

A small lizard has been safely relocated after a concerned Houston-area residency called Texas wildlife officials about an alligator above their door.

Christy Kroboth, a member of “Gator Squad,” a business that removes nuisance alligators from residential areas, was dispatched by Texas Parks and Wildlife to examine the agile gator.

Upon arriving at the scene Kroboth instead discovered a lizard perched above the caller’s door and relocated it to the neighbor’s yard. The nearby residents informed Kroboth that their reptile-squeamish neighbors had “freaked out” about a garden snake the previous week.

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Kroboth educated the callers about Texas wildlife and said “they just laughed it off.”

Afterwards, the Gator Squad employee called Texas Parks and Wildlife to inform them that the alligator was just a lizard and to disregard the call. According to Kroboth, the wildlife officials “had a good laugh” and jokingly said they would now ask callers if gators were located “above or below the door.”

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Despite the absurd incident, Kroboth said it was not the strangest call she’s had. 

“Last year I had a call for an alligator trapped on a back porch,” Kroboth said “The caller said the alligator had a long tail and sharp teeth. It turned out to be an opossum.” 

Click through above to see Houston-area encounters with alligators.

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