0207 GMT August 15, 2020
The Croc Encounters reptile sanctuary said the Westchase, Hillsborough County, family called for help after discovering the small alligator in their pool filter, UPI reported.
"Every time they opened the filter lid the alligator would dart out and swim laps around the pool," the sanctuary said in a Facebook post.
The Croc Encounters team responded to the home and removed the alligator, which was released back into the wild.
"Alligators under four feet are not considered a nuisance unlike larger ones who are not able to be relocated under Florida law," the post said.