11 ½-foot gator found swimming in homeowner’s pool

DELTONA, Fla. – The recent spike in temperatures had one Florida alligator taking a swim this week in an unconventional body of water -- someone’s swimming pool.

The alligator, which was 11 ½ feet long, left a large hole in the resident’s screened porch in Deltona.

Her encounter, which occurred around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, is one of three reported in Volusia County over the past five days, letting Floridians know alligator season is in full swing.

“The professional coming to take him out was actually pacing and got on the phone, and was really surprised by what they were up against,” homeowner Lynn Tosi said.

Trappers say alligators are most active at dusk and dawn.