Video shows 12ft reptile in Florida home


CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Florida. – It wasn’t a free piece of furniture sitting in a house under construction in Southwest Florida; it was a big alligator.

Video shows an approximately 12-foot reptile found lying on the floor of a Charlotte County home in the early morning of March 14 in the community of Babcock Ranch.

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

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“The blind installer located the alligator before everyone arrived,” Goodwin said. “He then informed the construction manager, David Davis, and he in turn called me. I was busy and didn’t want to go, it was Monday, and he said it was more important than what I was doing and that I had to come here. I went to look in my house and there was the 12 foot alligator!

Watch the video of the removed alligator below.

Alligator found in Charlotte County

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

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

The big alligator didn’t go down without a fight. The video shows the alligator performing what appears to be a “death roll” while exiting the back door.

Goodwin predicts the alligator caused approximately $2,500 to $3,000 in damage to the home.

The alligator was safely removed and moved to another area.

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