One really has to start wondering where all of the stray alligators, found recently on Long Island, have been coming from. Crocodilians are, I think, illegal to possess in NY; although, one of the articles to which I link below quotes someone who says you need a permit to keep them in New York State. Either way, it is definitely illegal to release or abandon them within New York. Yet, over the past 6 weeks, there have been 9 alligators, all between 18 inches and 3 feet long, found on Long Island.
Sources: http://www.longislandpress.com/2012/11/11/9th-alligator-found-on-long-island-in-6-weeks/ and http://westhampton-hamptonbays.patch.com/articles/juvenile-alligator-found-in-southampton-town.
The sad thing is that any alligators released in NY are sure to die if they are not found and rescued. American Alligators are native to southern states within the USA to include: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. I can attest to the fact that the alligator, which was once an endangered species, is one of the great success stories of wildlife management and is so common once again as to be listed as a game animal, with regular hunting seasons, in many states. I have seen them in large numbers in my travels through Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. They are thriving in nature and also are often bred, for their meat and hides, in alligator farms in the southern USA. In some states they are legal to keep as pets but they do not make a suitable pet for any but the most advanced of keepers, who has the proper facilities in which to keep them.
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small they start out and how big they can get.
One also has to wonder, will crocodiles show up next. See You Later Alligator - In A Little While Crocodile!
All the best,