It sounds like something out of a horror movie.
But Mr Guy Whittall, 40, will certainly take a good look under his bed from now on, after a 2.4m crocodile was found hiding centimetres from where he slept.
The 150kg Nile crocodile had sneaked into the Humani lodge in Zimbabwe and spent the entire night lying quietly, just beneath an oblivious Mr Whittall.
Mr Whittall, a former Zimbabwean cricketer, who is a director at Humani, was oblivious to his uninvited guest and was alerted only when he was enjoying breakfast in the kitchen and heard the screams of a housemaid.
He said: "The really disconcerting thing about the whole episode is the fact that I was sitting on the edge of the bed that morning, barefoot and just centimetres away from the croc.
"Crocodiles are experts at hiding, that's why they have survived on Earth for so long and why they are the ultimate killers in water. They know how to keep quiet and go unnoticed, it's in their nature."
Staff from the centre later managed to get a rope around its head, and then dragged it out by its tail as it fought furiously, the Daily Mail reported.
Mr Whittall said the crocodile put up a struggle.