Because Florida homeowners just never know who’s going to stop by for a dip in their pool it’s always good to check before diving in.
A family in the Deep Creek community in Charlotte County was awakened by some loud noises on their lanai. They found an 11-foot-long, more than 550-pound alligator enjoying their pool
The local reptile tore through the screen to get to the nice, cool water.
Members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and a state nuisance gator trapper captured the big fella and transferred him elsewhere.
Alligators are not the only reptile hanging around the pool as temperatures rise. Texas officials warned residents of rattlesnakes hiding in pool noodles and advised to keep pool toys elevated or in a sealed container.
A family hanging out at the pool stumbled upon the reptile when someone picked up a pool noodle and a large rattlesnake snake fell out, according to a Facebook post from the Salado Texas Volunteer Fire Department.
“They realized later that several baby snakes were still inside,” the post said.
According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, there are 10 species of rattlesnakes in Texas including the most common, the western diamondback.
The post said it is not unusual for snakes to seek cooler places as temperatures rise.
“Snakes will typically seek out dark spaces, so it’s best to keep your pool toys elevated or in some type of sealed container,” the post read.