Plagued by uninvited guests? Try throwing out a welcome mat like this.
The 11-ft alligator was spotted lying very still on a suburban doorstep in Florida, doing its best to blend in with the garden decor.
Neighbours who spotted it were not fooled, however, and phoned the owner of the house, Belinda Donaldson, to warn her.
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Mrs Donaldson didn't believe them at first, until she looked outside. She was forced to phone 911 after the animal refused to budge.
Mrs Donaldson, who lives in Westchase, Hillsborough County, was ordered to stay inside while wildlife rescue crews moved the animal.
A wildlife official attempts to get a noose around the alligator's neck...
But things don't go so well as the alligator makes its way down the garden path
A wildlife expert arrived to catch the unexpected visitor, but it wasn't giving up its new home easily.
Witnesses said it took the trapper at least an hour to move the alligator, which was then loaded into the back of a truck and taken a distance away.
Alligator sightings are not uncommon in the southern American state as the creatures flourish in the warm environment.
Wildlife experts predict there are an estimated five million of the creatures scattered across the country.
The official tries again near a tree
Finally the alligator is tied to the tree
Open the door and make it snappy! Woman's shock as 11-ft alligator turns up on her doorstep in Florida | Mail Online