My, what a big smile you have — officials on lookout for alligator at Saugus park

Staffers from the Department of Conservation and Recreation in Saugus patrolled Silver Lake in the Breakheart Reservation park this morning after two alligator sightings were reported by visitors to the park, said S.J. Port, spokeswoman for the DCR.

Rangers found nothing during their search for the toothy reptile.

“It doesn’t mean there isn’t an alligator out there,’’ Port said. “But it doesn’t mean there is.’’

One sighting was reported Monday and another was reported one month ago. Rangers will continue to keep an eye on the area.

It is unlikely that an alligator is in the area naturally, as the water in the lake is much colder than what the reptile generally inhabits.


“The only way this would happen is if someone released a pet into the wild,’’ Port said.

Environmental police and the local animal control officer have also been notified.

It wouldn’t be the first time an alligator has been found in the area. An alligator was captured in the Charles River last summer.

And the Providence Journal reports today that there is one residing in the Woonasquatucket River in Rhode Island.


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