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Florida: Homeowner wakes up to 11ft alligator swimming in his pool

A Florida homeowner woke up to find a 550-pound alligator in his swimming pool

A Florida homeowner woke up to find a 550-pound alligator in his swimming pool (Image: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

A homeowner woke up to find a nearly 11-foot-long, more than 550-pound alligator taking a dip in his swimming pool.

The family in Deep Creek, Florida, was awakened by a loud noise. The alligator first ripped through a screen to jump into the pool for a cool dip, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

A state alligator catcher and the sheriff’s deputy caught and removed the reptile in a joint effort.

‘Always check your pool before diving in!’ The sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

A Deep Creek, Fla. family was awakened by loud noises, which turned out to be an alligator swimming in their pool

A Deep Creek, Fla. family was woken up by loud noises that turned out to be an alligator swimming in their pool (Picture: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

“A Deep Creek family was woken up by some loud noises on their lanai and came out to find this guy taking a dip in their pool.

“He came in at 10:11 a.m. and weighed over 550 pounds. He ripped through the screen to get at the nice, cool water.”

Pictures shared on Facebook showed the massive alligator appearing to float serenely in the pool at night. In one of the pictures, the reptile appeared to be sitting on the bottom of the tank.

The alligator was almost 11 feet long and weighed more than 550 pounds

The alligator was almost 11 feet long and weighed more than 550 pounds (Picture: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

A few other snaps showed the alligator catcher tying up the reptile’s mouth and a couple of deputies restraining the creature with a pole.

The Deep Creek incident, located about 30 miles north of Fort Myers, isn’t the only occasion in recent years that an alligator has enjoyed a swimming pool in the Sunshine State.

In October 2019, alligator catcher Paul Bedard wrestled an alligator larger than himself from a swimming pool in Parkland, Florida. Bedard, who works for the Gator Boys moving company, ended up holding the eight-foot-long reptile above his head.

A state alligator catcher and sheriff's deputy captured and removed the alligator

A state alligator catcher and sheriff’s deputies captured and removed the alligator (Image: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

Bedard even said he was looking forward to meeting the creature after receiving the call. It’s relatively easy to catch alligators in ponds because the water is much clearer than their natural swamp homes, he said.

As with the Deep Creek incident, Bedard said “the alligator had gone through the screen and into the pool.”

“It’s really fun because the alligator has nowhere to go and the water is almost always crystal clear,” he said.

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Justin Scacco

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