Stolen animals found in suburban home

ALLIGATORS allegedly stolen from a NSW zoo have been found in a suburban home along with two deadly snakes and a pair of rare goannas.

Two American alligators, 60-80cms long, and six pythons were reported missing from a Hunter Valley Zoo on Monday.

Police found the alligators and an array of other reptiles in a Cessnock home late Thursday.

There was no sign of the six missing snakes - a water python, woma python, Murray Darling python, black headed python and two diamond pythons - but police did find a highly venomous inland taipan, death adder and two lace monitor goannas.

A 27-year-old Cessnock man was charged with offences relating protected animals.

He was released on conditional bail and will front court on October 24.



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