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