Florida Woman Pulled Live Gator From Yoga Pants During Traffic Stop

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Deputies were reportedly checking if they had any protected species in the vehicle when they discovered the turtles and then the alligator.

While talking to deputies, the 22-year-old driver explained that he and the passenger had been out trying to collect frogs and snakes in the area, the station reported, citing an incident report.

The ordeal unfolded when a Charlotte County Sheriff's deputy stopped a pickup truck Monday afternoon (local time) in Punta Gorda after it ran a stop sign. The turtles were reportedly discovered in Machan-Le Quire's backpack.

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Authorities in Florida said a woman was cited after she reached into her trousers during a traffic stop and pulled out a baby alligator. Le Quire opened a backpack that was on the passenger's side floorboard which revealed 41 small turtles. She also had 41 3-stripe turtles in the auto.

She then pulled the one-foot alligator from her pants.

It has not been confirmed whether the pair have been charged over the incident, The Miami Herald reports.

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Florida Wildlife and Conservation officers responded to the scene and continue to investigate.

The sheriff's office shared a photo of the little gator on their Facebook page, along with a dryly humorous summary of the wild encounter.

The commission told WBBH that the turtle and alligator species found on the couple were native to Florida but were regulated.

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