Louisiana gator swaps swamp life for Texas beach getaway

Padre Island National Seashore, Texas: A young alligator traced to the Louisiana bayous traded swamp scum for a sandy Padre Island beach in South Texas.

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In an unusual spin from “Jaws,” the gator showed up Monday on Malaquite Beach, about 40.23 kilometers southeast of Corpus Christi, Padre Island National Seashore officials said in a Facebook post.

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National Park Service rangers found it and checked its tail notch and tags on its rear feet to determine it had come from Louisiana.

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How it got to South Texas remains a mystery, but its spring break ended abruptly as rangers took it to a rehabilitation center to recover from its journey.

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While alligators can tolerate saltwater for a few hours or even days, they are primarily freshwater reptiles living in swampy areas, rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website.

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