An alligator was surrendered to SPCA officials during the Suffolk...

An alligator was surrendered to SPCA officials during the Suffolk County SPCA's Amnesty Day for reptiles and amphibians in Hauppauge on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Credit: SPCA

A nearly 3-foot alligator was surrendered at the Suffolk County SPCA's reptile and amphibian amnesty day Sunday, just after the event had ended.

"Having one taken out of the county, I would say it was a successful event," said Roy Gross, the SPCA's chief of department.

Earlier Sunday, three red-eared slider turtles were the only other reptiles turned in. They aren't illegal but are an invasive species. The event ended at 3 p.m., and about 20 minutes later, the healthy, American alligator was brought to the SPCA's offices in Hauppauge.

The SPCA has now held four of the no-questions-asked days in the last two years after a wave of alligators were released and found on Long Island. Gross said about 20 alligators were recovered in 2013.

"In my 30 years of doing this . . . I don't remember seeing that many alligators released," he said. "We found that very disturbing."

"We felt we've got to do something about this," he said.

At last May's amnesty day, the SPCA collected 29 reptiles and mammals, including boa constrictors, an alligator, an anaconda and a rattlesnake.

Joan Gallagher, Executive Director of Rainforest Reptile Shows, holds up...

Joan Gallagher, Executive Director of Rainforest Reptile Shows, holds up a turtle that was surrendered to SPCA officials during the Suffolk County SPCA's Amnesty Day for reptiles and amphibians in Hauppauge on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Credit: Steve Pfost

He said the reptiles, amphibians and mammals previously collected went to an out-of-state animal sanctuary and the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead.

The SPCA held the amnesty days in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Gross said he feels that those who intended to come forward have done so after the four events.

"If they are caught with them, they will be prosecuted," he said.

Those harboring illegal reptiles can be fined up to $250, Gross said.

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