Authorities in Volusia County, Fla., have charged Sean Lewis, 45, with alligator poaching after his mother called 911 on Monday to report him.
Lewis told cops he received the small alligator from a friend who was supposed to come back for the animal, but never did, NBC Miami reported.
However, the friend never returned.
After a while (crocodile), Lewis decided to keep the animal in a bathtub in a home he shared with his mother.
She wasn’t pleased, especially after he converted the bathtub into a makeshift aquarium, with a cinder block inside meant to simulate dry land and an overhead heat lamp to simulate sunlight.
The woman called 911, and authorities came over to get the gator.
Although the tub provided a reasonable amount of room for the gator to move, Bonnie Breilbeil of the Central Florida Zoo said it was only a matter of time before it would have become more aggressive.
“I would assume within just a few months that would become very, very difficult for that individual and it’s just not, just like I said, a proper environment for the animal,so we have to think of them, too,” Breitbeil told WFTV.com.
Alligators are a protected species in Florida and can be legally collected only by individuals with proper licenses and permits, according to the Daytona News-Journal.
Lewis is now in custody at Volusia County Jail, while the gator has been released into the St. John’s River, according to WFTV.
This is not Lewis’ first run-in with the law. Records show that he has been arrested at least six times, including two assault charges, one on a person over the age of 65, the Daily Mail reported.