700-Pound, 11-Foot-Long Crocodile Shocks Fla. Town

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Citizens in Tarpon Springs, Fla., had heard stories about a giant crocodile lurking in Lake Tarpon for almost a year now, but were shocked when one of their neighbors actually saw it in the flesh. When Wanda Vekasi spotted the creature floating in the lake behind her home, she was quick to call wildlife officials, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

"He didn't look anything like a gator. He had big spikes sticking out of his tail. It just looked evil," Vekasi said.

Until now, no other crocodile had ever been captured that far north, according to a wildlife official.

It took trapper Mike Amyx and three others more than four hours to capture the 700-pound, 11-foot-long American crocodile.

The crocodile was taken to a rehabilitation facility in South Florida. They plan to release it back into the wild.

American crocodiles are typically found in South Florida, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Although it is unusual, it's not totally impossible for a crocodile to find itself that far north.

Gary Morse, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, believes the creature used a combination of culverts, creeks, rivers and land to travel to Lake Tarpon.


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