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Old 08-20-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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There is a thriving alligator population in Madison County, Alabama, which neighbors my county here in Tennessee. A friend of mine is a fish and game officer in Madison County took me to show me some gators in the Flint River. He says he very often sees several usually very early in the morning.
The Flint River originates in my county. The ones he showed me weren't 15 miles from here. If they aren't here already, they will be.
There was one in a friend's pond about 3 miles from my house--he had a renter that was one of those people that thought it would be fun, obviously not thinking that it would, duh, grow. He turned it loose and it survived about 3 years but hasn't been seen for 2-3 years. It got to about 4-5 feet long.

I'm just waiting for the piranhas and boa constrictors to appear...I'm not a big fan of exotic pets in locales where they can survive if they get loose.
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Old 05-06-2011, 09:59 PM
 
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Just ran across this very old thread while googling about alligators in Arkansas. My cousin who lives in Forrest City Arkansas said alligators are all up and down the St. Francis River--about 30 miles due west of Memphis.

A few years ago, a 12 ft. gator was caught in Jonesboro AR, about 40 miles northwest of Memphis.

That map that was posted upthread is inaccurate--it shows no alligator habitat in Arkansas. Fact is, the highest concentration of gators in Arkansas is off of Interstate 40 between Memphis and Little Rock--according to the Arkansas game dept. There is even a gator season in Arkansas.

As far as Memphis goes, Southwest Community College's biology dept has listed alligators as native to Shelby County. They are frequently seen on McKellar Lake--a Mississippi River backwater area in Memphis. They have also been sighted in the Wolf River and Loosahatchie River in Shelby County--including nests with eggs and babies.

Whether this is due to global warming--the articles I've read state that before Europeans arrived, southern TN was the northernmost habitat for gators. Since then, their return is attributed to protection and the elimination of predators on their nests--bobcats and cougars.

In any event, alligators are present in Tennessee, and it's not a fluke. It gets mighty cold--in the single digits--in north Louisiana and gators thrive there.
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Music City, USA
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There have been bull sharks found as far north as St. Louis on the Mississippi River. Alligators? They're a tasty delight, especially on the third Saturday in September.
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Old 05-06-2011, 11:15 PM
 
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Tastes like chicken!
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Photo was taken on the south shore of Lake Tansi in 2008.. Not sure but it looks like a gator..
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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Photo was taken on the south shore of Lake Tansi in 2008.. Not sure but it looks like a gator..

It looks more like debris. The object is way too blurry. I have yet to hear of any gator spottings in Tansi.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:39 AM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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It looks more like debris. The object is way too blurry. I have yet to hear of any gator spottings in Tansi.
Looks like an eye on the head....
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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Looks like an eye on the head....

I know. It looks like two eyes shining. Maybe someone caught it or it died from the cold. I don't think an alligator could have survived this winter. But it's like one of those UFO pictures. It could be an alligator or it could be a branch?
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:31 PM
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Until someone can prove otherwise, the map on page 2 is the definitive word on where alligators live. http://allenpress.com/pdf/weme_16_303_119_124.pdf Further, there have been no alligator attacks reported in our state.

You can't find a better guy than tinman. I really believe that. But throwing up that photo and speculating about alligators is not the best idea. It just sparks up the tinfoil hat wearers.
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Until someone can prove otherwise, the map on page 2 is the definitive word on where alligators live. http://allenpress.com/pdf/weme_16_303_119_124.pdf Further, there have been no alligator attacks reported in our state.

You can't find a better guy than tin man. I really believe that. But throwing up that photo and speculating about alligators is not the best idea. It just sparks up the tinfoil hat wearers.
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