Authorities on Long Island, N.Y., Sunday charged a home owner after discovering a deadly, 6-foot-long alligator on the home’s property, Fox 5 New York reported.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation removed the animal that was illegally held on the property after receiving a tip.

“Alligators do not make good pets and one this size could be deadly,” Roy Gross, the head of the Suffolk County SPCA, told Fox 5 NY. “Alligators will bite the hand that feeds them.”

The owner, who was not identified in reports, was charged with illegally keeping a reptile without a license.