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Cape Cod Gator

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 23rd, 2008

On Sunday, June 22, 2008, Massachusetts got into the out-of-place alligator business. Welcome to another summer of errant crocs in North America! Barnstable police and Barnstable Natural Resource officer responded to a Hyannis resident who reported finding an alligator resting under his car, on Hiramar Road. The animal was described as 3-feet in length and […]

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Chicago River Gator

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 21st, 2008

On June 20, 2008, the alligator above was caught in a branch of the Chicago River, Illinois; it measured 4½ feet long and about 45 pounds. The alligator was found in the Bubbly Creek, in a woodsy area near 37th Street and Racine Avenue, which at one time was one of the dirtiest parts of […]

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Crazy Crocs: OH, VA, MD, & MI

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 18th, 2008

The Sheriff decided to carry the photo of the Saltville gator to show folks, because no one believed him. More “crazy crocs” have made their way into mini-media mentions. The “crocs” is shorthand for “crocodilians,” of course, and thus includes alligators, crocodiles, gharials, caimans, and kin. Ohio On Monday, June 16, 2008, an “urban alligator,” […]

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Crocodile in South Carolina

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 7th, 2008

The American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) has a northernmost range that occasionally stretches into northern Florida, with individuals wandering as far north as Palm Beach County on the east coast and Sarasota County on the west coast. The American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) is a widely distributed species, ranging from northern South America to the tip of […]

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Current Crazy Croc Encounter

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 18th, 2008

Chad Arment has passed along updates on a 2 to 3 ft long crocodilian being sighted and photographed in Hickory Lake, North Carolina. Seen for a week now (since Mother’s Day, May 11, 2008), it remains uncaught. Eyewitnesses thought it was an alligator, but official speculation, at first, said it was a caiman. N.C. Department […]

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Brookline Gator Sighted

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 24th, 2008

The following account signals that spring is finally here in North America. In Mysterious America, I noted that out-of-place alligators should to be tracked to keep such reports separate from Lake Monster reports. Over thirty years ago, reports of crocs could often indicate an extension of the reptile’s range or an escaped or released pet. […]

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Why Cryptozoology Is Interested In Alligator Sightings

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 14th, 2006

Okay, I started hearing about this a couple days ago, and it now seems to be taking on cryptic or even cryptid status. Folks in Tennessee are having “Alligator Sightings Outside Memphis,” according to the Chicago Tribune: Alligators aren’t suppose to be this far north. Nevertheless, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has gotten reports of […]

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