Richard Wilbanks dove into the pond, grabbed the gator and pried open its jaws to free his King Charles Cavalier spaniel.
Some Twitter users were suspicious of the mammoth reptile spotted Wednesday at the Valencia Golf & Country Club in Naples, Florida.
As the weather warms up so do their appetites and their desires.
Reptile enthusiast Philippe Gillet lives with 400 unusual housemates - two of whom are two-meter alligators. Ali and Gator roam the house along with tarantulas, rattlesnakes and a giant tortoise.