A dog barking in the dead of the night alerted a woman to a baby freshwater crocodile that had wandered into her suburban backyard in Palmerston near Darwin.
“I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” Kate Seidel told 105.7 ABC Darwin.
“I had a good look around to make sure no-one was looking over the fence.
“I gave it a bit of a nudge with a broom to make sure it was alive and not a plastic one.”
Ms Seidel had been woken at 3:30am on Monday after her dog Tigg cornered the 40-50cm toothy reptile against the fence and sounded the alert.
She then rang police who asked if she had just gotten home.
“They probably thought I was having a big night and seeing things,” Ms Seidel said.
Police contacted a ranger who removed the crocodile.
“They returned it to wherever freshies go around Palmerston,” Duty Superintendent Del Jones said.