GATOR WATCH: Are alligators on the loose in Texas after Harvey?

By now you may have heard the rumors that hundreds of alligators have escaped a rescue park in Texas -- well, that’s not exactly true, according to the Houston Chronicle. Flood waters are still rising, and some of the critters could escape.

It’s no secret that gators are present throughout southeast Texas and Louisiana, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t still feeling a bit on edge with the threat of gators hanging out, swimming down waterways created by Hurricane (and Tropical Storm) Harvey.

RELATED: Heavy rain, flooding draws critters out during Harvey storm

A Dallas TV reporter spotted a baby gator swimming around in the Sienna Plantation subdivision in Houston:

And video allegedly shows alligators floating around in a backyard in Missouri City:

Harvey has brought Texas critters out in full force, like the fire ant mounds that have turned into living, terrifying rafts in floodwaters. The good news: Staff, students and turtles at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas are A-OK, and these squirrels were rescued over the weekend:

Baby squirrels are falling out of trees due to winds and rain from Tropical Storm Harvey. More than 70 baby squirrels were turned into Austin Wildlife Rescue over the weekend.

READ MORE: Full Harvey coverage from the Statesman

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