Alligator Filmed Prowling Right Outside Front Door of Florida Home

An alligator has been filmed prowling right outside the front door of a Florida home by wildlife officials.

The Flagler County Sheriff's Office received a call on April 24 about an "animal problem," it said in a statement. Upon arrival to the home, officers found the large predator lurking right behind the property's front door.

Florida is home to around 1.3 million alligators. The population lives in all of the state's seven counties, around wetlands and marshes. Much of their habitat lies in close proximity with populated areas, meaning the large reptiles can often wader into neighbourhoods and cause a nuisance for local people.

The latest footage, taken by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, shows the alligator slinking around the doorstep of the house. The large reptile appears to look up at the door before it starts to move further across the porch.

Officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission arrived shortly after to remove the intruder, the sheriff's office said.

Alligator on porch
The Sheriff's office filmed the reptile prowling around the porch Flagler County Sheriff's Office

It is currently the middle of the alligator mating season in Florida. The reptiles usually begin courtship in April, and start mating in May and June. This means they are a lot more active around this time of year while in search a partner to breed with. Alligator sightings around neighborhoods and other populated areas tend to increase around this time.

The breeding season does not just mean alligators are more active, but males in particular can become more aggressive. This is because they become more concerned with defending their territory while in competition for a mate.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission operates a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program, which monitors the number of alligators wandering into developed areas.

In the comment section of Flagler County Sheriff's Office Facebook video, one user, Cathy Green, said she had a recent encounter with a large gator in her neighbourhood.

"I had one that size under my car all night," she wrote. "I warned our neighbors. We just didn't leave the house all night, next morning he was gone. We were new to the area at the time, I didn't call the police, I called animal control. They didn't seem to think it was a problem so we stayed inside until he went away."

Other commentators expressed concern that more alligators in the state are being displaced due to habitat loss. "Hopefully he / she was relocated ... we are taking away their habitat from them," Robin Magleora wrote.

Florida alligators can usually grow up to 13 feet. It takes alligators between 10 and 20 years go grow to their full size. One Facebook user said the alligators at the doorstep looked like a baby, however the Sheriff department did not confirm the alligator's size or age age.

Alligator on porch
The alligator was moved away from the neighbourhood by wildlife officials Flagler County Sheriff's Office