EXPERT: Alligators migrating toward Virginia

EXPERT: Alligators migrating toward Virginia

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EXPERT: Alligators migrating toward Virginia

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by Velma Scaife, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Updated Thursday, May 29 at 6:46 PM

NEWPORT NEWS -- If you've been shocked by the recent alligator sightings in Virginia, don't be.   George Mathews, the curatorial director at the Virginia Living Museum believes alligators are moving this way.

Northeast North Carolina is the reptiles most northern range for breeding. But, there have been several sightings lately in Virginia.   "They're a few miles within the North Carolina border.  They can't read road maps and cross the border and not even know it," said Mathews.  

There aren't any breeding populations of alligators in Virginia, but Mathews believes that could change. "I think with climate change in a matter of time in the future we might see some in Virginia," he said.   

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