Alligator breaks into Florida home, greets police with open jaw in kitchen

The 11-foot-long gator broke into the home through low windows located in the kitchen early Friday morning.

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An alligator was found in a kitchen after breaking into a Clearwater, Florida home.

Clearwater Police Department

An alligator was found in a kitchen after breaking into a Clearwater, Florida home, according to the Clearwater Police Department.

The 11-foot-long gator broke into the home through low windows located in the kitchen early Friday morning, according to a statement from the police department.

Before entering the house, the alligator was “thrashing around” in ”an aggressive manner” alongside the street, said an eyewitness who first called.

The homeowner called police and the gator was captured with the help of an alligator trapper. No injuries were reported, the Facebook post said, though the homeowner will need to replace those broken windows.

The alligator suffered minor cuts from broken glass, and is being taken to a private location for recovery from what the trapper described as a “traumatic experience” for the gator.

In other Florida gator news, a nearly 10-foot alligator was found along a road in Estero a few days prior.

According to the Estero Fire Rescue’s Facebook post, a caller reported the alligator looked injured. The gator was not injured, said Susan Lindenmuth, the rescue’s director of public affairs.

”It was very angry,” Lindenmuth said. It took 15 minutes — again, with the help of a trapper — to capture and transport the gator to a different location.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission notes that female alligators rarely exceed 10 feet in length. Male alligators can grow longer.

The alligator mating season takes place in May or June, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. As a result, the fire rescue makes a note to “be careful when in or around water.”


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