Padre Island National Seashore rangers found the gator on Malaquite beach Tuesday.
After taking a look at the gator's tail notch and tags on its rear feet, rangers determined it had traveled all the way from Louisiana.
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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department made the decision to transport the gator to a rehabilitation facility to recover after the long trip
How the gator managed to get to south Texas remains a mystery.
Louisiana is at least 300 miles away from where the reptile was discovered.
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