alligators in New York City Sewers

@winterose (39897)
Canada
January 2, 2009 11:22am CST
there have been many legends of albino alligators living in the sewers of new york, starting in 1935 where there was an actual siting according to urban legends, after that the stories continued but now proof of ever seeing once since has been found. here is an excerpt from Urband Legends "The reason we speak of all this as folklore, not fact, is that herpetologists pooh-pooh the very idea of alligators thriving in the New York City sewer system. It's cold down there most of the time, they point out -- freezing cold during the winter -- and alligators require a warm environment year-round to survive, much less reproduce and burgeon into colonies. And if the cold didn't kill them off, the polluted sewer water certainly would." http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/alligators/a/sewer_gators.htm?nl=1 have you ever had an aligator, snake or rat, or wild animal of any kind enter your house If so please tell us the story.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I am sure we have all had a rat/mice enter our homes at one point especially in the winter months, They come in out of the cold. I have had a snake crawl in my house once and it dropped out of a hole in the ceiling luckily becauseof that hole I slept at the foot of the bed, but it dropped accross my feet instead of head..scared me so bad I wouldn't sleep in my room again..for a long time and lucky the hole was fixed before I would. No never had a alligator enter my home. I don't think they are many here in KY around where I live cause I have not seen any or heard about any here. I have heard of them getting into sewers though but that was in Florida..
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
I imagine it would be a problem in Florida
@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
3 Jan 09
few months back i was watching the discovery channel . it was a crime detective case where there was a woman got vanished in mysterious circumstances.later her body was found in the canal. the investigating team later found that there was an allegator behind all the attacks and few other cases also came to the mile light near that canal. so the fact may be true somehow allegators come across the water from the nearby lake or so.though i forgot the city name. but its a fact.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
it is not a fact in the new york city sewers right now, there was only one found in the 1930's
• United States
3 Jan 09
I heard that it was crocodiles, but maybe I was wrong. Anyway, I am pretty sure that it is not true.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
the one that was found in the sewer in the 1930's was believed to have come from florida so it had to be an alligator, they have no crocks in florida.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
3 Jan 09
Wow. That is very interesting. The only thing we have had, get in our house, so far, is a mouse and a salamander. That scared me bad enough.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
i have never seen a salamander except for on tv
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
2 Jan 09
I had a baby grass snake in my kitchen once, the cats found it and were all trying to get past The Doctor to get to it. I reached in and rescued the poor little thing and turned it lose away from my house.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
a good for you hon
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
2 Jan 09
Oh yes. When we lived on the farm we had to be so careful as there are rats in the banana walk - huge rats. Once they came into the house I went ballistic. They came in because my husband had allowed the 'bush' to come too close to the house so we had to do a major cleaning of land around the house. We don't have any poisonous snakes where I live though. I had never heard of tis legend in New York but I don't dispute it as anuimals can adapt to their environment. They won't all necessarily die out due to cold. At least, I don't think so. Blessings
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
sewer workers would have seen them they work down there all the time, that is why it is a legend meaning not true, but a story that has been passed around and people believe it. oh that is awful having rats I am happy you got rid of the problem
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
2 Jan 09
yup had a rat in a trailer we lived in once we lived close to a feild . We came home one time and one was floating around in the toilet I flushed it down never say it again lol
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
yuck
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@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
2 Jan 09
My aunt had a big rat coming out of her toilet. But that its the only animal that I know of that lived insewage. I find it hard to believe that a crocodile can live in a sewage.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
well that is what the article said, it can't.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
4 Jan 09
No alligators but I do have an elusive mouse running around the house now. Our neighbor cut down a yardful of brush, she gets a nice neat, landscaped yard and I get a mouse.. That is the only place that it could have came from, but my husband is taking care of it and I don't want him telling me any details.. I think that of last night, it is no longer living here.. Our dog thinks that she has a friend living here now.. A mouse is getting the best of me, can you imagine a huge alligator getting into your house, that would be a horrible disaster..
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@chertsy (3804)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I never had a aligator, snake, rat, or any wild animal enter my house. Now I used to own two rats, but they came from a pet store that happened to own a aligator. When my husband had to go to Ft. Rucker, Alabama. They had a lake there that had a gator in it. I guess it was used to humans, because you could go and throw it food and it wouldn't try to attack anyone.
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
wow that is so interesting about the almost tamed alligator, that is something.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
4 Jan 09
Thanks for the best response!!
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
You are welcome my friend
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
3 Jan 09
We have had flying squirrels get loose in our house from our attic. We know that they are living in there (we can hear them in the walls sometimes and have even caught and released some) and we're not sure where they are getting in. We've also had a few bats. These have come up through the basement as I believe that they come through the water heater pipe. We solved that problem by never leaving the basement door open. I have some funny stories associated with all these incidents and have posted them on myLot in the past so I won't repeat myself here. We also had a wild animal visitor that was unusual just the other day. We have a tame deer in our neighborhood. We don't know where he came from but the kids were petting him a couple of days ago. I needed to bring my dog outside to relieve himself, and even when we put the dog on the chain and he was going ballistic, the deer would not leave. He showed absolutely no fear of the dog (in fact he reared up once, like he wanted to butt heads with him!) and we had to chase him away. He wouldn't leave. We tried everything. So my son had to actually start to make screeching noises to shoo him off!
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@winterose (39897)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
that is something, I never saw a deer up close or a flying squirrel.
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