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Louisiana alligator discovered on a south Texas beach

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Posted at 12:04 PM, May 27, 2021

An uncommon visitor from Louisiana was discovered on a Texas beach this week.

An alligator from Louisiana popped up on Malaquite Beach on Monday, according to Padre Island National Seashore.

The young American alligator came all the way from Louisiana, they say, as indicated by the tail notch and tags found on it’s rear feet.

That would mean the alligator traveled nearly 300 miles to get to the Texas beach.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department advised on transporting the gator to a rehabilitation facility to recover from its long journey.

How the gator managed the long journey has not yet been determined

According to the NOAA, it is uncommon to find alligators near salt water ecosystems but they can tolerate some salt water.

"While alligators can tolerate salt water for a few hours or even days, they are primarily freshwater animals, living in swampy areas, rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds," they say.

Fish and Wildlife Services says that alligators are found throughout the Southeast, from the Carolinas to Texas and north to Arkansas.

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