Surprise! Huntsville homeowner finds an uninvited guest in his backyard

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - He went out to grab a smoke and found out, to his surprise, he was not alone.

A Huntsville homeowner called 911 after finding what he described as an alligator in his backyard.  David Shupe says he was outside smoking around 3:45 a.m. when his dog started barking.  Shupe went to investigate and found the 18-inch reptile in his yard.  Shupe says he ran back inside to call 911 after the animal hissed at him.

The home is located on Azalea Road just south of Bob Wallace Avenue in the Holiday Homes subdivision.

Shupe referred to the animal as an alligator.  However, it's possible it could be a related species called Caiman.

Police responded to the home and were able to contain the reptile in a recycle bin.  Officers called animal control who took custody of the reptile.  Authorities believe the animal may be someone's pet.

No one was injured, but is safe to say the incident served up quite a scare.

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