The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a pickup truck Monday afternoon after it ran a stop sign. The driver, 22-year-old driver Michael Clemons, told the deputy that he and his 25-year-old passenger, Ariel Machan-Le Quire, were collecting frogs and snakes under an overpass.
Clemons gave the deputy permission to search bags in the truck.
When the deputy found 41 three-stripe turtles in the woman's backpack, he asked if she had anything else. That’s when she pulled the 1-foot gator from her yoga pants.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission took over the investigation.