Hilo teen turns in 2 bearded dragons

HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - A teenager on the Big Island turned in two bearded dragons on Tuesday.

The boy had been keeping the illegal reptiles as pets.

According to officials, his mom made him turn them in after seeing Hawaii News Now's report last week about the bearded dragon confiscated from a Halawa home. The owner of that lizard was arrested.

The teen says he bought one of the reptiles from someone in Hilo. He smuggled the other one to Hawaii himself by simply hiding it in his pocket.

The penalty for having an illegal animal in the state can be up to a $200,000 fine and three years in prison.

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