Mayer, Murphy assist police in reptile rescue
Kenosha police, with the assistance of UW-Parkside Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Gregory Mayer and graduate student Sean Murphy, removed a number of exotic reptiles from a house in the 1400 block of 53rd St. Tuesday, May 14. Five rattlesnakes, two alligators, a crocodile, a Gila monster, and an alligator snapping turtle were taken from the house and transported to the Racine Zoo.
"I believe it is inappropriate to have these kinds of animals in a small house in a residential neighborhood," Dr. Mayer said during a report aired on WITI-TV. "I think it's always wrong for amateurs to have venomous animals."
Dr. Mayer is a Racine Zoo board member.
Kenosha laws ban people from having animals "not indigenous to the North American continent and having a dangerous propensity" according to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Dr. Mayer said a major concern now is keeping the animals healthy.
"The single most important thing is temperature," Mayer told the Journal Sentinel referring to the coldblooded animals that were loaded into an air-conditioned van and taken to the zoo. "They have to eat, too, but with reptiles, it's less of a concern because they have a low metabolic rate."At the Racine Zoo, the animals are quarantined for their protection and will not be available for viewing by the public.