Most of you reading this have a pet of some kind. My girlfriend has two cats. My black lab Buddy was around for 16 years until he passed away. No secret that dogs and cats are very common pets. Some people may have more unusual pets like a bird or a snake or a ferret. But when the conversation of pets comes up, no one will mention wanting an alligator as a pet. A woman in Buda, Texas apparently wanted one bad enough that she stole an egg 20 years ago and raised that alligator on her own until it was recovered recently.

K-Fox 95.5 logo
Get our free mobile app

How the Alligator was Discovered

Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) were investigating an unrelated case in Buda, Texas, just north of Austin, Saturday, March 4. While investigating that case, TPWD officials stumbled upon a woman's backyard where she was keeping a 7-foot alligator. The alligator had been well taken of and was healthy but was too big for the space it was kept in. Plus she didn't have the permits necessary to keep an alligator as a pet.

Yes, it is Legal to Own an Alligator in Texas

You can have a pet alligator as long as it falls under the following categories:

  • Farming
  • Education
  • Zoological

As officials continued their investigation, they found out the woman had stolen an egg from the New Braunfels Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo about 20 years ago when she was volunteering there. Alligators will lay 50 to 60 eggs at a time so you can see that it would be easy for one to go missing. The alligator was taken to the Animal World and Snake Farm Zoo where he has settled in nicely with the other alligators at the zoo.

She did take it a little bit tough. But she does still have to follow all of the rules and regulations in the state. - Game Warden Joann Garza

The statue of limitations has run out on the theft of the alligator egg so the woman can't be charged with that. However, she does face about $1,000 in fines for keeping the alligator as a pet without the proper permits (

Check Out These 27 Weird Laws Still on the Books in the State of Texas

If you go through any state's law book, you're going to find some very strange laws that are just plain weird but still enforceable no matter how ridiculous. 

Go to Infinity and Beyond at This Toy Story Themed Airbnb in El Paso

Taking a vacation is a great way to relax but also a great way to reconnect to your youth. 

These are the Top 9 Tex Mex Restaurants in Longview, Texas According to Yelp

The folks in Longview love them some Tex Mex with the Yelp ratings to back it up.

More From K-Fox 95.5