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'HOLY CRAP': 8-foot long gator hisses on couple's doorstep

A Tampa Bay area couple woke up to a banging sound coming from outside. At the front door, a big gator was ready to greet them -- hissing and all.

LUTZ, Fla. — When someone's heard at the door at 6 in the morning, it's probably not for a good reason.

Lisa DiPasquale and her husband learned that quickly Wednesday with a hissing gator right on their doorstep.

"It was crazy," DiPasquale said. "We kept hearing a banging sound outside. So my husband went to look and just opened the front door. Thank goodness he looked down. 

"I never thought that’s what we would see!"

Without the storm door separating them from the hissing reptile, the unexpected visitor could have gone inside.

"If you hear a banging on your house, make sure you can see everything before you go outside," DiPasquale said.

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After a while, the gator took a stroll down the street. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies eventually came out to keep an eye on it before a trapper could get to the neighborhood.

The final measurement: 8 foot, 7 inches long.

"It was nuts!" DiPasquale said.

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