Reptile Native to Central, South Americas Caught Swimming in Md.

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2010  |  Updated 7:16 PM EDT
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A caiman was found in the Patapsco River just south of Baltimore.

Natural Resources Police spokesman Sgt. Art Windemuth said the 2.5-foot to 3-foot alligator-like reptile was found Tuesday afternoon near Glen Burnie.

A teen who spotted the reptile native to Central and South America previously at his favorite fishing area along the river returned and spotted it again, Windemuth said. 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.

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

Possessing a caiman or alligator is against state law, and releasing any non-indigenous animal is also prohibited.

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