The body of a 13-foot alligator has washed up on a Southeast Texas beach and experts are trying to determine if recent flooding contributed to the death.
Houston NBC affiliate KPRC-TV reports some visitors to Jamaica Beach, near Galveston, posed for photos with the alligator found Sunday.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department spokesman Steve Lightfoot said Tuesday that game wardens think the animal was sick or old and probably drowned.
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Parts of Texas were inundated by rain and flooding from late May to early June.
Lightfoot says alligators are freshwater creatures but at times go into salt water - like the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston - to cleanse their hides.
Lightfoot says sometimes when floodwaters recede the alligators get disoriented and become trapped in open areas.
Game wardens removed the carcass.