It was quite a scaley site for some shoppers in Roseville this afternoon.
Dee Dee Gunther with the Roseville Police Department says that it looks like someone dropped off a box in front of the reptile store in TJ Max Plaza on Douglas Bloulevard Someone apparently left it there with a note saying it was a Nile Crocodile and to get a hold of rescue, according to Gunther.
She says the four foot croc got bored and decided to explore its surroundings. Animal control was dispatched and was able to wrangle the reptile. It's been turned over to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Don't shed any tears for the croc, California Fish and Wildlife officials are feeding it rainbow trout and will likely donate it to a zoo.
Gunther reminds you that it's illegal to own crocodiles and because of their temperament they make very poor pets.
According to the San Diego Zoo, the average length of Nile Crocodiles reach 6 to 10 feet, however, it's not uncommon for them to reach up to 16 feet.