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Posted at 5:55 PM ET, 08/ 3/2010

Unusual reptile found in Md. river

By Washington Post editors

An alligator-like reptile has been found in the Patapsco River, just south of Baltimore.

Natural Resources Police spokesman Sgt. Art Windemuth says the 2.5-foot to 3-foot caiman was found Tuesday afternoon near Glen Burnie.

Windemuth says a teen who spotted the reptile native to Central and South America earlier this week at his favorite fishing area along the river returned and spotted it again. The teen went home and returned with a piece of chicken tied to a string. He caught the caiman and kept it there until authorities arrived.

Windemuth says Anne Arundel County Animal Control is contacting area zoos in hopes of finding a home for it.

He says possessing a caiman or alligator is against state law and releasing any non-indigenous animal is also prohibited.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 3, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

Hey in a few years we'll just be able to throw the global warming deniers into local rivers... The alligators will take it from there.

Posted by: Nymous | August 3, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

When I was a kid in the 1970s you used to be able to buy caimans in local pet stores like the Animal Hut or Friendly Beasties. I begged and begged and got to feed one a fish once.

Posted by: bbcrock | August 3, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Good thinking by this teen. Hope there's some sort of recognition.

Posted by: thmas | August 3, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Global warming promotes bio-diversity!

Posted by: ronjaboy | August 4, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Global warming promotes bio-diversity!

Posted by: ronjaboy | August 4, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Global warming promotes bio-diversity!

Posted by: ronjaboy | August 4, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Nymous wrote: "Hey in a few years we'll just be able to throw the global warming deniers into local rivers... The alligators will take it from there."

Caimans are not native to the US you idiot! This has nothing to do with global warming. This was clearly an illegally introduced animal.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | August 4, 2010 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Nymous wrote: "Hey in a few years we'll just be able to throw the global warming deniers into local rivers... The alligators will take it from there."

Caimans are not native to the US you idiot! This has nothing to do with global warming. This was clearly an illegally introduced animal.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | August 4, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Fortunately, we are too far north for some of these critters to survive. Look at FL with its python problems. A python wouldn't survive a winter in VA.

Posted by: Afraid4USA | August 4, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

A real Marylander would sell the hide for shoe leather, marinate the meat in jerk seasoning, grill over a hot charcoal fire and serve with a rum swizzle. Memories of Honduras. Incidentally, Caiman meat sells for almost $20 a pound and is real gourmet stuff!

http://www.exoticmeatsandmore.com/caimancrocodiletailfillet.aspx

Posted by: CERT8 | August 4, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

A real Marylander would sell the hide for shoe leather, marinate the meat in jerk seasoning, grill over a hot charcoal fire and serve with a rum swizzle. Memories of Honduras. Incidentally, Caiman meat sells for almost $20 a pound and is real gourmet stuff!
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Sounds tasty. Fire up the coals. I'll bring the beer.

Posted by: pswift00 | August 4, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

"A real Marylander would sell the hide for shoe leather, marinate the meat in jerk seasoning, grill over a hot charcoal fire and serve with a rum swizzle. Memories of Honduras. Incidentally, Caiman meat sells for almost $20 a pound and is real gourmet stuff!"

Almost right. A real Marylander would work Old Bay in there somewhere.

Posted by: TerryMcT | August 4, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Good, smart young man!

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 4, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

A real Marylander would sell the hide for shoe leather, marinate the meat in jerk seasoning, grill over a hot charcoal fire and serve with a rum swizzle. Memories of Honduras. Incidentally, Caiman meat sells for almost $20 a pound and is real gourmet stuff!

http://www.exoticmeatsandmore.com/caimancrocodiletailfillet.aspx

Posted by: CERT8

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You're an obvious recent transplant. A REAL Marylander would use Old Bay.

Posted by: James10 | August 4, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Why is this article titled "Unusual reptile found in Md. river." Why not just say "Caiman found in Md. river." Just because the WaPo editors are retarded doesn't mean that all of us are.

Posted by: googleguy | August 4, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Based on the photo in the Baltimore Sun it was clearly an American alligator and not a caiman. Maryland DNR should certainly have known the difference.

Posted by: sthoswiley | August 4, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Based on the photo in the Baltimore Sun it was clearly an American alligator and not a caiman. Maryland DNR should certainly have known the difference.

Posted by: sthoswiley | August 4, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

So when is Ehrlich going to hold a press conference to blame O'Malley for this?

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 4, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Sure it’s not an illegal alien with eczema swimming the river to get out of Virginia?

Posted by: nuke41 | August 4, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I went caiman watching in the Amazon and have a great picture with me holding a baby one. They are CUUUUUUUUTE!

Posted by: mjwies11 | August 4, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone checked to see if it is a member of the Maryland Bar Association?

Posted by: hisroc | August 4, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"Unusual reptile found in Md. river."

Who, Bobby Haircut????????????????

Posted by: bs2004 | August 4, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Comrades: Ahhhh . . . the demise of the snake heads is at hand . . .

Posted by: rep15 | August 4, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

i agree w previous comments that this is clearly an american alligator from the Bmore Sun picture

Posted by: jdacker | August 4, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Pics or it never happened

Posted by: fleeciewool | August 4, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

That caiman is from south america therefore it is probably here illegally. Deport all illegal reptiles now!!!!

Posted by: ged0386 | August 4, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Are you sure it wasn't Nancy Pelosi? She is a gator-like reptile.

Posted by: madmike272 | August 4, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

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