Cindy Frasier, of Polk City, posted photos of the intruder on Facebook, but joked about it being just a big puppy from eBay – who happens to be a bit ‘snappy.’
"I bought this new puppy off of eBay, but something seems to be wrong with him," she wrote. "When I put his collar and leash on him, he growls, hisses, and then rolls and rolls… Does anyone know if Cesar Milan works with this new breed Chihauhator or Gatohauhau?"
Credit: Cindy Frasier
She kept the joke going, saying the 7 ½-foot ‘puppy’ is a "little nasty" and just wants it "to be more respectful."
Frasier said she was coming around a blind corner to get on a golf cart when she nearly ran face-first into the gator while holding her dog.
She told FOX 35 News that she called a trapper and the gator was removed.
If you encounter an alligator, call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-392-4286. The FWC will dispatch one of its contracted nuisance alligator trappers to resolve the situation.