Reptile Captured in Massachusetts a Caiman, Not a Gator

LOWELL, Mass.—An expert says the foot-long reptile spotted roaming a residential Massachusetts neighborhood over the holiday weekend wasn’t an alligator after all.

Michael Ralbovsky, of Rainforest Reptiles, says based on pictures he’s seen, the creature is a smooth-fronted caiman. Caimans, native to South America, are in the same animal family as alligators and similar in appearance to the untrained eye.

Lowell police say they received a call around 7:30 p.m. Sunday reporting that the...

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