A 77-year-old Florida woman got a bit of shock after hearing a crash in her kitchen on Friday night – only to discover the culprit was a three-metre alligator.

Mary Wischhusen discovered the crocodilian in the kitchen of her Clearwater home at about 3.30am.

"I had this beautiful face staring at me as though he belonged there," she told Spectrum News.

Trappers arrived on scene with police – pulling the reptile out of the window it broke in through.

Police said the animal was taken to a private alligator farm in Fort Meade, Florida.

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