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Florida family finds 11ft alligator hiding in their swimming pool

A family in South Florida discovered an alligator nearly 11 feet long in their swimming pool after being woken up by the noise of the intruder.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said the alligator tore through a sign in the enclosure surrounding the Deep Creek pool and entered the “nice, cool water”.

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the address Tuesday morning to find the alligator in the pool and damage the lanai, which is typically found in Florida and cover swimming pools.

The alligator was 10 feet 11 inches long and weighed more than 550 pounds, the sheriff’s office said.

Footage showed the alligator swimming in the family pool before officers used an alligator trap to capture the predator on a nearby lawn.

Several Charlotte County sheriff’s deputies were involved, as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The sheriff’s officer advised residents of Deep Creek to check their pools before diving to avoid any unwanted confrontations.

The pool alligator isn’t the first incident among Deep Creek residents, WINK news reported, with an alligator pictured walking up to someone’s front door on the same street.

The alligator was caught by multiple agencies

(Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

The FWC said in a statement last month that Florida has entered alligator mating season and residents should expect an increase in encounters.

Alligators are known to seek out prey in hot weather and will also sunbathe to regulate their body temperature, according to the FWC. About 1.3 million alligators live in Florida, according to the agency.


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