Gators - Five Fast Facts

South Carolina woman finds 9-foot alligator at front door

A 9-foot, 250-pound alligator wandered onto Shatrina Greenwood's front porch in Conway, WPDE reported.

She called 911, and then sat down next to the alligator with only a screen door between them.

>> Read more trending stories

“I pretty much sat right here and stayed here the whole time looking at his eyes, because I needed to keep an eye on his eyes," Greenwood said.

>>Florida woman finds 9-foot-alligator in pool

Russel Cavender, a wildlife removal expert known as the snake chaser, captured the unexpected guest.

"It wore me out, that was tough," said Cavender. "Getting rolled over, sometimes you snare them and they'll get up on you and they'll roll on your shins and scrape the skin on your shins. That's about the worst of it, that's what I got last night a pretty raw shin."

He said it is mating season for alligators, so residents should expect to see the reptiles in places they don’t usually frequent. 

Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.