GRIFFIN, Ga., Oct. 16 (UPI) — An alligator almost 7 feet long made his way to North Georgia in floodwaters, a reptile expert said.
Jason Clark, who operates Southern Reptile Refuge in Griffin, Ga., said most of the calls he gets about nuisance alligators in the Atlanta area are released or escaped pets, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. But he said the one that turned up Saturday in Coweta County was clearly not raised in a terrarium.
“This one, he’s nobody’s pet; he crawled up here,” Clark said.
Clark believes the alligator came from the Flint River, which flows south through western Georgia. Recent flooding provided a pathway north, he said.
Because Clark and his wife had been booked to give a talk about reptiles, he sent his father, Mike, to do the pickup. All three Clarks are licensed to retrieve “nuisance” alligators, lizards and snakes.
On Wednesday, the alligator was moved to a new home in Pike County, a property of more than 100 acres, including a private lake and swamp draining into the Flint River.
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