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Vacationers catch US alligator on Australian coast

Associated Press - December 30, 2008 5:23 AM ET

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - Finding a crocodile on Australia's southern coast is strange, but finding an American alligator there is even stranger.

That's why police assumed they had a crocodile, which is native to Australia's tropical north, when vacationers caught a reptile wandering around their campsite.

But police have corrected their initial statement to explain that the 5-foot reptile was actually an alligator. The manager of that area's Australian Reptile Park zoo tells the NineMSN Web site the captured creature belongs to a species native to the southeastern U.S.

Police say no one is licensed to keep either a crocodile or an alligator in the area where it was found. They're still trying to determine where the alligator came from.

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