Strip mall crocodile nabbed

ROSEVILLE, California (KCRA) – A 4-foot crocodile was abandoned outside a reptile shop in Roseville, California Wednesday.

The crocodile somehow managed to escape its container and spent time wandering around a strip mall before it was captured by animal control officers.

California Fish and Wildlife officials said the crocodile is very dangerous.

“This one is a really nasty crocodile,” said Patrick Foy, a game warden. “It’s got a really bad attitude. This animal genuinely is a very dangerous animal. Leaving it in a parking lot absolutely puts the public at risk, especially kids who might think that they can go and touch it — people who just don’t know how dangerous these crocodiles really are.”

Whoever left the animal also included a note reading “call rescue,” and identified the reptile as a Nile crocodile.

The reptile store in the area is a safe surrender site for animals whose owners can no longer care for them.

“But we normally get more common animals, like bearded dragons, iguanas, and pythons,” said Abigail Kessler, a store employee. “A croc is unusual.”

An animal control officer lassoed the reptile in the parking lot. The crocodile wasn’t happy about returning to a cage, police said.

The crocodile was then turned over to California State Fish and Wildlife. Foy said the department believes the animal is indeed a rare Nile crocodile.

Fish and Wildlife officials said the animal will likely end up in a zoo, eventually. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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