Watch This Alligator Invade a Florida Home and Refuse to Go Quietly

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: October 18, 2023
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Key Points

  • Most alligators which trespass private properties are likely to be youngsters hoping to avoid getting eaten by a bigger, meaner gator.
  • Alligators have a bite force of 2000 psi over 10 times that of humans which is 150 psi.
  • The age of the alligator does not matter in this regard since youngsters are also capable of exerting the same force with their jaws.

New construction homes are all the rage. Prospective home buyers love the idea of living in a fresh space that’s built to their specifications. While you can find new construction houses in every state, you’ll spot some gorgeous ones in Florida. 

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A construction worker walked into the soon-to-be-finished unit, thinking it was a regular day on the job. Once walking into the home, we spotted a giant alligator relaxing in the corner. Truly, this is nothing out of the ordinary for the state of Florida.

Believe it or not, one reason why these ancient beats go inside homes is for… love! Alligators breed from the middle of April until May. Like males of other species, male gators have been observed cruising areas in search of females. A gator in search of love may wind up in or close to a neighborhood of houses close to his native habitat. 

As alligators are essentially eating machines, larger gators are more likely to consume smaller ones, therefore the gators one sees wandering through neighborhoods or enjoying Jacuzzis on decks are probably juvenile or young adults trying to avoid larger gators.

Evicting the Tenant

Unfortunately for this gator, it was time to find a new shelter. Perhaps his financing fell through or he realized that he doesn’t belong in such a suburban area – either way, professionals came to bring this alligator to safety. 

alligator with its mouth hanging open

Any standing body of water in Florida could house a gator, making swamps, rivers, lakes, and drainage pools all potentially dangerous.

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Encroachment on their environment is a major cause of the rise in human-gator interactions. Near locations where alligators have lived for hundreds of years, more homes are being developed. Don’t be shocked if you receive a visit if your house is constructed near to theirs. It probably shouldn’t need to be said, but stay away from wild animals, especially alligators and crocodiles

Even a little alligator has quite big jaws that are capable of squeezing prey with more than 2,000 pounds per square inch of power. A human can squeeze an extra-large pizza with 150 psi of force, in contrast. These animals would have no issue chomping on anything that gets in their way.

Additionally, protect your pets from gators. A dog or a cat is like a snack to a gator. Call the fish and wildlife management organization in your area. 1-866-FWC-GATOR is a dedicated line for “nuisance” alligators in Florida

Don’t be afraid to call; the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission hotline receives between 100 and 150 calls regarding gators every day. While we’re not entirely sure exactly how this gator got inside, be sure to keep your sliding glass doors and windows closed, even if you’re home. Animals are often a lot smarter than we give them credit for!

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About the Author

Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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