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      DEC seizes alligator, python from Syracuse home

      The state DEC made quite a discovery inside a syracuse home Friday morning.

      "Howard," a six-foot-long alligator, and "Sponge bob," an eight-foot-long burmese python, were seized without incident.

      DEC officials say Paul Bailey of Massena Street raised the alligator for nine years after buying him from a now-closed pet store on Erie Boulevard.

      It was against the law to even sell the alligator.

      Officials say, bailey bought the python off Craigs list two years ago.

      The snake is now with a Rochester rehab facility and the alligator will be placed in the Seneca Park Zoo.

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