A Miami man was shocked Wednesday to find a whopping 10-foot-long giant crocodile just kicking it on his front porch.
The 25o-pound giant croc wandered into a South Miami neighborhood earlier this week through a hole in a chain-link fence that backs a canal, according to NY Daily. The giant croc wandered through people’s yard before taking a break on the front porch of Javier Tobares, who discovered the reptile after his dog issued several warning barks. “I come outside, and I see all these guys around this pretty big crocodile,” said Tobares. “It’s pretty interesting. I never seen a crocodile so close.” Tobares took notice of the croc early Wednesday morning as an animal control wrangler attempted to subdue the massive creature.
Tobares was reportedly relieved that animal control officials caught the giant crocodile before he had to call them in. “If I would have stepped on it, I would have been pretty surprised. I probably would have jumped 10 feet high and gone back into my house really quick. It was a big, a big crocodile,” he told WSVN-TV.
Crocodiles are less common in Florida than their cousin, the alligator, but have been making a comeback from the brink of extinction in recent decades, with their numbers increasing 10-fold, according to scientists. Though the giant crocodile was captured and taken back to its natural habitat, crocs habitually return to territory that they have previously “staked out,” sometimes even traveling over 50 miles to get back to a familiar place…
…Meaning that Tobares may not have seen the last of the giant crocodile that is so fond of his stoop.
Here’s a video report of the giant South Miami crocodile: