It’s one thing to run across an alligator while you’re in the wild, but when one of these creatures shows up on your front porch, that’s just unacceptable. But that’s what happened to a Mt. Pleasant, S.C. family last week when a 10-foot gator crashed its way onto the second-story porch of their home, which is located on a golf course next to the Wando River.

Initially, the family thought the ruckus they heard outside was a not-so-sneaky intruder, so homeowner Susie Polston gathered the rest of the family into her master bedroom and dialed 911, said a report by The Post and Courier.

Once the loud noises died down, Polston’s teenaged son decided to take a look onto the porch. Expecting the would-be robber to have left the premises, he was surprised to see what at first appeared to be a big plastic gator replica. Tapping on the window proved the creature was real, as it lifted its head in response.

And it wasn’t a leisurely stroll that got the gator onto the porch. It had to climb a stairwell and crash through a screen door made of aluminum. 

Ronnie Russell of Gator Getter Consultants showed up to remove the alligator, and after spending two hours on the scene attempting to remove the reptile, it became apparent that this job wouldn’t go as planned. Russell had to kill the gator on the spot, then hauled the carcass off.

Speaking of alligators, if you’d like to hunt one this year in South Carolina, it’s almost time to apply for a tag. Applications will be received by the SCDNR from May 1 through June 15. Click here for more information, and click here to read about one of the big Palmetto State gators killed last season.