Video shows 12-foot reptile in Florida home


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – It was not a free piece of furniture sitting in a home under construction in Southwest Florida; it was a large alligator.

Video shows a roughly 12-foot reptile found laying on the ground of a Charlotte County home early in the morning on March 14 in the Babcock Ranch community.

Matthew Goodwin, the construction site supervisor, captured the moment crews were forced to pull the doors off the home and a trapper was called in.

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“The window blind installer located the gator before everyone arrived,” Goodwin said. “He then told the construction manager David Davis, and he in turn, called me over. I was busy and didn’t want to go, it was Monday, and he stated this is more important than what I was doing and to get over here. I go look in my house and there was the 12-foot gator!”

Check out the video of the alligator being removed below.

Alligator found in Charlotte County

Goodwin’s wife, Jennifer Seward-Goodwin, told News 6 that a cold front had just swept through and they believe the reptile made its way through the laundry room door before wind closed the door behind it.

Alligator found inside home in Charlotte County (Jennifer Seward-Goodwin)

The big gator didn’t go down without a fight. Video shows the alligator performing what looks to be a “death roll” on its way out the back door.

Goodwin predicts the alligator did roughly $2,500 to $3,000 in damages to the home.

The alligator was safely removed and relocated to another area.

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