6-foot gator knocks on door of central Fla. home

Published On: Aug 07 2014 09:48:35 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 07 2014 10:02:12 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. -

Marie Maxwell says she was watching Jeopardy when she heard a knock at the door of her home in the Suntree neighborhood near Viera. When she opened it, an alligator she believes was longer than 6 feet was staring at her.

Maxwell told Florida Today she shut the door and called police on Saturday evening. By the time they arrive, the gator was gone. She believes the alligator retreated into a pond behind her home.

She called an alligator trapper, who on Sunday put what looked like a large pot roast on a rope in the pond.

On Wednesday, something took the bait and Maxwell called the trapper. He pulled a 4-foot alligator from the pond, but Maxwell says it's smaller than the door-knocking gator.

So the search continues.