A 17-year-old made an unusual discovery not typical of Minnesota lakes.
KSTP reports John Anton was on Marion Lake in Lakeville with his dad when they spotted a 2-foot alligator lying on top of the ice. The reptile likely froze to death.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says they receive a couple reports of alligators each year. Last May, a 2-and-a-half-foot alligator approached a dog along a walking path in Bloomington.
The animals are usually kept as pets until they grow too large and are released, unable to survive. The DNR says it's illegal to release a non-native species into the wild in Minnesota.