Texas sheriff's office shares hurricane gator warning

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The sheriff's office in Richmond sent out a grim reminder with photos of alligators in areas of concern. 

“As we learned last year, (alligators) certainly move around when it floods," deputies said.

Citing alligator rescue group Gator Squad, deputies warned people to expect alligators to be found in unusual spots. 

"(They’re) simply looking for higher ground,” the sheriff’s office warned. “Leave (them) alone until water recedes.”

While alligators spend much of their time in the water, they seek higher ground so they can get sun and regulate their temperature. 

The Austin American-Statesman reported alligators accidentally finding beaches near Houston and trekking to other unusual spots around San Antonio following flooding in 2016. 

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