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Dwarf Caiman, a cousin of the alligator, removed from Lakewood home

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Posted at 7:15 AM, Jan 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-21 13:37:42-05

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — Lakewood police took a dwarf Caiman, the cousin of the alligator, away from a home on Athens Avenue Thursday night.

Police confirmed Friday a 2-foot long reptile was found in the home.

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Alligator and snake were taken from a home on Athens Avenue in Lakewood.

The resident had died, police said.

Authorities initially believed it was an alligator, but News 5 and the public did not see a picture until Friday.

Keith Gisser, executive director of Herps Alive Foundation, confirmed to News 5 the reptile is a dwarf Caiman.

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Lakewood police remove an alligator from a home Thursday.

A snake was also found inside the home.

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Alligator and snake were taken from a home on Athens Avenue in Lakewood.

Police said the dwarf Caiman was found in a cage and was taken out of the home for safekeeping.

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