Central Hunter police have recovered two alligators that were stolen from the Hunter Valley Zoo earlier this week.


A search of a Cessnock home just before 3pm yesterday, recovered the two American alligators, as well as two goannas, one Inland Taipan and one Death Adder.

The find comes just a day after a 17-year-old Kurri Kurri boy was bitten on the left index finger by one of the identified deadly snakes.






“The 27-year-old man has been charged with posession of these animals and inquiries are continuing.

“All incidents are tied in together”, says Mr Tamplin.


There are still six snakes which were stolen from the zoo and are yet to be recovered.





The man has been given conditional bail and is due to appear at Cessnock Local Court late October.