Lakeland woman allowed to keep 6-foot-long pet gator in her home

Mary Thorn provided this photo of her pet alligator, Rambo. Via AP

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Officials are allowing a Lakeland woman to keep her pet alligator, Rambo.

There are conditions for Mary Thorn and her 6-foot-long gator. Thorn can no longer take Rambo to schools for presentations. In addition, the gator can no longer perform in public.

The 125-pound reptile wears clothes, rides on the back of a motorcycle and has a bedroom in Thorn’s home.

Thorn has had a license for the alligator for 11 years, but earlier this year Florida Wildlife Commission officials started investigating because Rambo had grown to 6 feet. Wildlife officials said in March the alligator needed 2.5 acres of land. Thorn told the Orlando Sentinel at that time that even if she had land available, Rambo can’t be left outdoors because of sensitivity to sunlight. 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 or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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