This alligator was found dead on a highway near Lake Greenwood. (May 18, 2012/FOX Carolina)
NINETY SIX, SC (FOX Carolina) -
It's something that experts said is not unheard of, but certainly doesn't happen often - an alligator sighting in Greenwood County.
The alligator was found dead by a passer-by about 1:15 a.m. Friday on Highway 702 near Wilson Creek, according GwdToday.com.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources spokesman Jay Butfiloski said alligators normally roam the area between Interstate 20 and the coast. He said there have been reports of alligators near Ninety Six in the past, but it is rare.
Butfiloski said the 8-foot-long gator that was found Friday morning was most likely a natural occurrence, meaning someone did not release it into the wild. He said that this time of year alligators wander, and this gator most likely found its way north in waterways.
According to Wikipedia, there are only two species of alligators found in the world - the American alligator and the Chinese alligator. The carnivorous reptiles first appeared on the planet about 37 million years ago.
American alligators grow to an average of 13 feet in length and can weigh nearly 800 pounds, according to Wikipedia.
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