Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 15, 2013

Gator found along I-69 unlikely a pet


Kokomo Tribune

---- — NOBLESVILLE (AP) — A reptile handler says he doesn't believe the 3-foot-long alligator found walking along Interstate 69 in suburban Indianapolis is an escaped pet.

Ron Billingsley of operates Indiana Reptile Expo near Noblesville says an alligator raised as a pet would be calm around people, but the one spotted by a driver Friday night in Fishers lunges and hisses.

Billingsley tells WTHR-TV that he suspects someone caught the gator in Florida and brought it back to Indiana, where it escaped or was turned loose.

He says the alligator is about three years old and is being shipped to a reptile reserve in Alabama.