‘Scared me to death’: Apopka woman finds small alligator hiding in her garage

APOPKA, Fla. — Florida Fish and Wildlife Service says it relocated a small alligator that tried to make a new home in the garage of a home in Apopka.


A woman living at the home discovered the toothy intruder behind a door.

“I came out the garage door to do some work in the garage. I didn’t see him when I came out,” said Apopka resident Annie Smith. “When I turned around, there he was with his mouth wide open.”

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Smith said she’s lived in the area since 1985 and has never had a visitor startle her quite like this.

“Scared me to death. I was backing up screaming, calling for my husband,” Smith said.

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FWC captured the alligator and taped up the reptile’s mouth and legs to relocate it.

No one was hurt during the encounter.

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