MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. -

A homeowner in Merritt Island found a surprise visitor in his backyard Thursday afternoon, when he discovered a 4-foot gator relaxing in his hot tub.

The homeowner tells Local 6 his dog was barking at the back door and when he went out on to his back porch to check it out, he found the alligator in his hot tub.

The man called an alligator trapper and removed the gator from the hot tub.

It's not clear how the gator got into the screened-in patio.