Woman finds 250 pound alligator in Florida swimming pool

Posted at 12:15 AM, May 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-06 00:15:56-04
Credit: Elizabeth Foster

Credit: Elizabeth Foster

TEMPLE TERRANCE, FL — A Florida woman got quite a surprise Wednesday when she came home to find a 250 pound alligator in her pool, according to Bay News 9.

Elizabeth Foster came home and discovered a nine-foot alligator hanging out in her pool. She said the alligator broke through her pool enclosure screen in an attempt to take a dip in her pool.

“I was headed towards the pool pump and something caught my eye and so I looked and there was a giant alligator in my pool,” she said.

A trapper was called to the scene, and two hours later, the alligator, which Foster named “Loch Ness,” was removed from her pool.

“He chose my pool, so I felt very special. So, I thought I should name him,” she said. “It was a male. So, I thought, yeah, he’s my Loch Ness Monster.”

The alligator is nine feet long and weighs about 250 pounds. Foster said the trapper told her it was the largest alligator he’d ever captured from a pool in Tampa.

Gary Morse with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says while it is mating season (end of March until end of May), he says gators just get more active when the weather gets warmer and that holds true until October.