A family that just moved from Pennsylvania to the Florida Keys was visited by a crocodile, which was big enough to take up most of the low end of their in-ground pool. The family was very in tune with deer running through their yard when they were living up north, but they had absolutely no experience with crocodile in their midst.
According to MSN News on January 22, the Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were called a home on Lower Matecumbe Key, near the 77-mile marker of the Overseas Highway, near Islamorada. The new residents were in their oceanfront home for less than a week when they got a quick lesson on what could crawl out of the Atlantic Ocean and into their yard.
In this situation the 8-foot crocodile made himself at home in the pool! While the members of law enforcement and wildlife teams decided how to coral the crocodile, the reptile saved them the trouble. It appeared to get fed-up with all the commotion and it crawled out of the pool and slipped back into the ocean water.
According to DB Techno, the crocodile is designated as a threatened species today. “It lives mainly in the brackish waters of South Florida and the Keys.” There are about 2,000 crocodiles living in the U.S. today. The species that was seen in the pool, “is one of the larger crocodile species, with mature males growing up to 20ft and weighing nearly 2,000lb. An average-size mature male is about (13ft) 4.1m. Females tend to be smaller.”
The homeowners were schooled just a bit about the creatures that are found in the Florida Keys by the officers. They were also told the only way to make sure a crocodile doesn’t find its way into the pool again is to put up a fence. Officer Robert Dube of the Florida Wildlife Commission said, “”We have crocodiles in the Upper Keys because it’s a fun habitat for them,” Due said. “This croc showing up in the pool, how can you beat that?”
While the new Florida natives were surprised to see the crocodile in their pool, they were not at all scared by its presence. They knew if they wanted to use their yard, they would have to find a way to get rid of their visitor first and that is why they called for help.
Dube said the crocodile didn’t appear to be injured and there wasn’t anyone’s dog or cat bothered by the large reptile. The crocodile apparently just wanted to go for a swim in fresh water vs the ocean water, which it had plenty of!