Sandra Frosti told authorities that when she investigated a noise in her kitchen about 10:30 last night, she was shocked to see the front half of an 8-foot, 8-inch alligator.

That was enough to send the 69-year-old Pinellas County, Fla. woman scurrying to the telephone to call 911—then she hightailed it out of the house.


“There’s an alligator in my kitchen!” Frosti excitedly told the dispatching officer who answered her call at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department.

“How long do you think the alligator is?” asked the dispatcher.

It’s HUGE!!” responded Ms. Frosti.

“Well, how long is huge?”

“I don’t know,” explained the 911 caller. “I only saw the front half of it, and that must have been at least three feet!”

“You sure it couldn’t be something like an iguana or a really large lizard?”

“Oh no, no, no, no, no, no!” Ms. Frosti emphatically replied.

Investigating county sheriff’s deputies said the big fellow apparently broke through the back porch screen door, trying to get to the family cat, which survived. It entered the home through an open sliding glass door, and then made its way in through the living room, down the hall, and into the kitchen.

A trapper successfully removed the big amphibious reptile and Ms. Frosti was able to safely return to her home.

No word on how soundly she slept last night, though.

Listen to Ms. Frosti’s 911 call here.