Bill Crider is usually the first post all things gators and crocs, but he's evidently recuperating from this weekend's World Horror Convention, so here goes.
From The Washington Post, May 1st, quoting from Peter Galuszka's Bacon's Rebellion blog:
"It came as a big surprise to Laurie Duncan.
"This past Saturday, the woman was fishing with her husband and 13-year-old daughter on the Pasquotank River near South Mills, N.C., about five miles south of the Virginia Border. There on the river bank, sunning itself, was a seven-foot alligator.
"American alligators are common in parts of the Tar Heel state, but the northern extent of their range had been perhaps 30 or 40 miles to the south of South Mills, along the southern shores of the Albemarle Sound. A state wildlife official says that the gators are moving north as temperatures warm.
"In other words, alligators, thanks to global warming are crawling or swimming closer to Virginia..."
The Old Dominon State may soon have to change its tourist motto to "Virginia is for gator lovers."