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theropods
2500+ posts
10/11/07 06:04 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

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What about snakes, crash? I have seen some of them but so far only water snakes of the non-venomous kind. Though I am sure there are moc' s in there. Just have not seen them.




I've seen a water moccasin at Town Lake, but only once. I was looking in some tall grass and it raced into the water.

As to gators in Town Lake, it is well within natural habitat range for a gator. If someone released one into Town Lake, it could probably survive just fine. I have never heard of one though. If there were credible rumors, they would make the bigger news outlets and someone would go relocate it.







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TouchdownTexas
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10/11/07 07:38 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

I heard on the radio the other day that Killer Bee's had arrived. Everyone watch out.




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Alpine
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11/19/07 10:10 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

She probably saw Oatie, the Town Lake Monster.

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Stuck_At_Work
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11/20/07 07:55 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

I was on Texas Crew for a while... and I remember hitting Nutria in the lake all the time with our boat...




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CleverNicknameSponsor
2500+ posts
11/21/07 12:28 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

Aren't gator-lings like a couple bucks at those weird parks? I'm shocked nobody has released a few yet.

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THEU
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11/24/07 07:56 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

young alligator's usually cost between 30 and 60 at a reptile swamp. I used to have a pet alligator when I lived in IL. I will say most people I know do eventually 'return' their pet alligator to a natural habitat after time. Most don't buy them with the intention to just dump them in a lake. Normally it is just that they are tired of having a gator. You can do a fair job of controling their growth rate. I had one friend who was from Mississippi and intentionally fed his gator a good bit to get him big enough to release. Took him to a swamp and let him go.

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C.L. McLovinSponsor
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11/24/07 09:00 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

Does being somewhat domesticated for a certain amount of their formative years impair a gator when put into the wild? I know that most predators it does and there is a fine line of what age is acceptable to release or keep in a preserve.




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Orange&White
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11/26/07 06:48 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

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I heard on the radio the other day that Killer Bee's had arrived. Everyone watch out.




Oh yeah, well I read that YOUR cell phone is killing all of the bees. So we don't need to watch out for those anymore.







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THEU
500+ posts
11/26/07 11:18 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: C.L. McLovin]

C. L. I don't know about how much these small gators instincts are impaired. The couple I knew were fed live fish too, so they had to 'hunt' them in their tanks. These of course weren't large aquariums or anything, but they did have to go after the fish. We would just get them goldfish to chase. Now goldfish aren't very nutritious, so beyond that the gators ate puppy chow which is very healthy for them.

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HornGrandiosoSponsor
1000+ posts
11/29/07 03:56 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

Alligator gars aren't scary... Oh wait,


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CleverNicknameSponsor
2500+ posts
11/30/07 11:13 AM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

I used to do the jump on the backside of Mansfield Dam. One day I scrabled up the wall, looked down the good 35' drop or so and say an enormous gar just hanging out right where I wanted to jump. I didn't jump that day, and never did again.

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dognduckhornSponsor
250+ posts
12/13/07 03:20 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

Memory is faint, but I seem to recall that the cartoonist Burke Breathed (formerly of Academia Waltz, then Bloom County and now Opus)got into trouble for releasing baby alligators into Town Lake and/or Lake Travis when he was a student at UT. Daily Texan did a story on it. I don't think any of them survived to maturity

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bozo_casanova
5000+ posts
12/13/07 04:31 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: dognduckhorn]

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Memory is faint, but I seem to recall that the cartoonist Burke Breathed (formerly of Academia Waltz, then Bloom County and now Opus)got into trouble for releasing baby alligators into Town Lake and/or Lake Travis when he was a student at UT. Daily Texan did a story on it. I don't think any of them survived to maturity




You are correct. And I remember hearing about this from my god father, who lost value in his property as a result of the scare. In the man's own words:
In reply to:

I wrote about an unnamed student who secretly released hundreds of baby alligators into nearby Lake Travis, which would have been compelling if I hadn't made it up. Property values around the lake plummeted over $70,000,000 the next week, which brought federal game agents into town. I was arrested, eventually—you think I'm lying again, but I'm not, check the records—and then the death threats and getting kicked out of my apartment complex and I won't bore you with the rest, except to add that some wise sage finally suggested that the cartooning desk might be where I belonged, as I could let my little imagination soar wherever it wanted, and federal agents wouldn't be needed. So I started copying Doonesbury, and you know the rest.


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CleverNicknameSponsor
2500+ posts
12/13/07 06:25 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

It sounds like he didn't actually release any baby gators, just made up the story.

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pantone159
250+ posts
12/23/07 05:33 PM
Re: Alligator in Town Lake? [re: hornian]

Around 1999, a 3.5 foot gator was pulled from Town Lake. It was almost certainly an escaped pet (P.S. Alligators do not make good pets), somebody had painted some bright orange on its tail, presumably to help keep it in sight. It was going to be sent to a commercial farm (i.e. become wallets) but ended up at some sanctuary.

This Chronicle link mentions the story: The Link

And some photos of "Snappy":







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