Six snakes and two alligators have been stolen from a Hunter Valley zoo.
Police said the animals were stolen from a zoo on Lomas Lane, Nulkaba, between 6pm yesterday and 8am today.
The snakes include a water python, a Woma python, a Murray Darling python, a black headed python and two diamond pythons.
They are not considered to be venomous.
Two American alligators, measuring 60 centimetres and 80 centimetres long were also stolen from the zoo.
The alligators are rare and police have been informed they could pose a danger if released into the wild.
Police from the Central Hunter local area command are investigating the break-in and appealing for anyone with information about the location and whereabouts of the reptiles to come forward.
Investigators are also urging anyone in possession of the reptiles to contact police and return them.