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Mon Mar 2, 2020, 11:18 PM

Police find a fully grown alligator living in the basement of an Ohio home

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/02/us/ohio-alligator-found-basement-trnd/index.html

(No, I did not make this up.)

(CNN) Some people have spiders lurking in their basement. Others, maybe rats. This Ohio woman tops them all.

Police received an unusual tip last week in Madison Township directing them to her basement.

Once there, they discovered a fully grown, 5-foot-long American alligator.

"I've never seen anything like that in my 17 years in the department," Madison Township Police Commander Darrell Breneman told CNN.

The homeowner said her son bought the gator at a reptile flea market 25 years ago and had kept it in the basement ever since, police said.

The voluntarily surrendered the gator and the Ohio Department of Agriculture removed it from the home, police said.

The gator from Groveport was in good condition.
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Groveport Ohio is a suburb of Columbus Ohio....This is NOT, I repeat ,,This is NOT a FLORIDA STORY...(even if it sounds like one)..Also, they police are sending the Gater, in good condition to an animal sanctuary in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina..

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TygrBright Mar 2020 #2

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2020, 11:27 PM

1. Of course it is not a Florida story

Most Florida homes do not have basements!

Though in thinking about it, your story probably started in Florida.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Mar 3, 2020, 12:23 AM

2. If it's 5 ft, it's not nearly "fully" grown.

Alligators never stop growing entirely. At some point they slow down considerably- generally after six or seven decades. If factors such as disease, other predators, accidents, etc. do not intervene to kill them, they eventually reach a point where their own metabolism fails as they can no longer maintain themselves. Males can reach 12-13 feet by that time, females 9-10 feet, longer specimens are not unknown.

Unless the gator in question was an exotic (there are smaller species than the native American gator) it was unlikely to be full grown, probably 7-8 years old or so.

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Bright

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