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By Gary Bogue
Friday, August 31st, 2007 at 6:24 am in Animals.

Police retrieved a 4-foot adult caiman (South American alligator) from a flood control ditch near Irvington High School in Fremont on Wednesday.

This is the third alligator found in the Bay Area since June. There seem to be a LOT of pet alligators in the San Francisco Bay Area these days. Once they get to be about 4-feet-long, these feisty reptiles usually get dumped in local lakes, streams, ponds, Delta waters, and flood control ditches by their owners because they are too big to safely handle in the home.

If you come across one, keep your distance. They are VERY fast and have VERY sharp teeth.

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Enjoy! /Gary Bogue

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