An alligator was left on the steps of a pet store in Point Loma over the weekend.
The three-foot reptile was inside an unmarked container outside Pet Kingdom on Sports Arena Boulevard, a store employee told NBC 7.
The manager of the pet store opened the box, alarmed to find what was inside.
Alligators are not allowed as pets in California, the store said.
The San Diego Zoo doesn’t have room for the alligator, Pet Kingdom said.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating.
No injuries have been reported.
This comes one week after the Heartland Fire Department found a lost tortoise.