Rachel Holbrook took to Facebook over the weekend to share footage of the prehistoric-looking creature lurking in the water, later telling NBC2 the gator’s close proximity to her home made her uneasy.
“When he got next to the paddle boat you really understood the size of him because the paddle boat is about five [feet] wide," Holbrook told the news station. "So you could really get a good scale to see how big he was and I was saying: ‘This thing is going away from us, thank goodness.’”
The gator — which is likely a full grown adult, an official with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission told NBC 2 — isn't new to the area, however. Holbrook said she’s seen the reptile in the past and noted it comes by every few weeks.
Floridians may begin to see more gators in coming weeks, as the "courtship" period for these reptiles typically begins in April before mating season follows in May and June, according to WTSP.
Rachel Holbrook did not immediately return Fox News' request for additional comment Wednesday.