ISLAMORADA, Fla. (AP) — Wildlife officials are investigating the suspicious death of a crocodile that laid its eggs in a Florida Keys yard.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says the carcass was found floating in Florida Bay near Islamorada on Sunday. Spokeswoman Carli Segelson says it “appears to be not a natural death,” but she declined to provide further details.

State and federal laws prohibit killing, harassing, feeding or possessing the threatened American crocodile in Florida. Killing one is a third-degree felony.

Late last month, the crocodile laid its eggs in a flower bed in a Lower Matecumbe Key yard. Wildlife officials took the unusual step of relocating the reptile to an undeveloped bayside area a few miles away.

Crocodiles tend to return to the same areas. They also typically avoid people.

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