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WATCH: 7-Foot Gator Spotted Swimming In Florida Swimming Pool.

A resident in Lithia, Florida, spotted an alarming and uninvited guest in his swimming pool this week after he discovered a 7- to 8-foot-long alligator beneath the water's surface. Both local authorities and a tapper were called to the scene to remove the massive reptile.

Photos of the gator were shared to social media Wednesday by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO), which (https://twitter.com/HCSOSheriff/status/902871401194979328) confirmed the size of the gator and wrote that a trapper for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission was called to the residence.

"Deputies on scene now, apprehension of this trespassing suspect should be interesting," HCSO wrote. "Alligator in residential pool."

Responding to a "yikes" meme shared by the Walton County Sheriff's Office, HCSO (https://twitter.com/HCSOSheriff/status/902870622782582787) tweeted : "For sure, good thing there were no swimmers in the pool this morning."

The gator was later safely trapped and removed from the home's pool.

NBC-affiliate (http://www.wptv.com/news/state/7-foot-gator-found-in-florida-swimming-pool) WFLA reported Thursday the homeowner's discovery of the gator was not the first occurrence of uninvited wildlife taking a dip in the pool. According to the man, who was not named in reports, he has also had to remove a small deer from the swimming pool prior to the alligator incident.

The local news site reported that the gator would be taken to a farm where it will be protected by the state and used for breeding.

The phenomenon of alligators appearing in Florida swimming pools is not uncommon. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/alligator/facts/) reports that alligators become most active when temperatures are between 82 and 92 degrees, and the reptiles are (https://weather.com/science/nature/news/florida-pool-alligators-fwc-summer-season-warm-weather) known to appear in residential pools during warmer seasons.

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