Gator takes up residence on family's front porch

LOOK: Massive Gator Sprawled Across Front Porch

BREAUX BRIDGE, La. — Now, that’s one dangerous-looking welcome mat.

A Louisiana family got a big surprise on its doorstep Friday in St. Martin Parish, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported.

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The town of Beraux Bridge touts itself as the crawfish capital of the world, but a large alligator stole the headlines as it nestled on the front porch of a residence.

The gator was tucked behind a potted plant and a pair of shoes, reclining idly on the front doormat.

"So ... you never know what may show up on your doorstep," the Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "Always look before you step!"

Oh, and no solicitation, either.