Constance Gittles
Constance Gittles says she went back to watering her plants after flogging the alligator that bit her leg.
updated 5/10/2006 7:16:53 PM ET 2006-05-10T23:16:53

An elderly woman, who was bitten by an alligator while working in her back yard, beat back the reptile with a garden hose.

Constance Gittles, 74, of south Punta Gorda was watering plants Tuesday when a nearly 6-foot-long alligator bit her leg just above the ankle.

"I just whacked him right in the snout with the nozzle," she said. "After that, he took off," Gittles told the News-Press of Fort Myers.

Gittles received three puncture wounds and some smaller scrapes and abrasions from her confrontation with the alligator.

A trapper working with wildlife officials later caught the animal in a nearby pond. It will be killed and the hide and meat sold.

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