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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KATHE BROWN

crocs just wanna have fun

July 16 2013 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sadiemae1214

The photos are of a Gator but the video is a Croc.
South and Central Florida Lady.....

July 15 2013 at 7:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gglardon50

that's a Gator not a Croc

July 15 2013 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tlnitstr8

The video shows the croc (and it is clearly a croc), the photo below it is of a gator....and frankly I don't know why they have a photo of an alligator in a story for a crocodile. *shrug*

July 15 2013 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gglardon50

Billie your right. I,m a Florida boy -thats a Gator

July 15 2013 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tlnitstr8

Not in the video of the actual animal. The video clearly shows a croc, the photograph on the page is obviously an alligator. I should've be surprised though, I ran across and aardvark on this site that was labeled as an anteater!

July 15 2013 at 6:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rosemaree124

"I remember when rock was young..."

July 15 2013 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Billie

Being a Central Florida resident, I could be wrong, but I thinks that is an alligator, not a crocodile.

July 15 2013 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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