Crocodile shock for Melbourne walkers on suburban Christmas stroll

Two walkers have stumbled upon a one-metre long crocodile in the front yard of a Melbourne home. (AAP)

A post-Christmas stroll took a surprise turn for two walkers in Melbourne when they stumbled upon a crocodile in a Heidelberg Heights garden.

It was a Christmas Day crocodile shock for a couple of Melbourne walkers.

The pair found a one-metre long saltwater crocodile in a Heidelberg Heights front yard about 8.30pm on Monday.

Police were skeptical, and thought they would find a large lizard instead, but there was indeed a crocodile on the loose in suburban Melbourne.

Officers called in snake catcher Mark Pelley who will hold on to the reptile until the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning can collect it.

Mr Pelley said he got the phone call about 8.40pm from Victoria Police saying "there's a crocodile walking the streets and it's currently outside a medical centre".

"This is a phone call I've always been waiting for," he told 3AW.

"I found five police members being stared down by a decent sized crocodile, about three and a half foot, and the crocodile wouldn't back down."

The snake catcher's friend tried to distract the croc so Mr Pelley could throw something over its eyes.

"However, the crocodile was a bit too smart for the both of us and decided to run off into the bush," Mr Pelley said.

So he lunged forward to grab the creature by the tail, picked it up and put it into a box.

Where the creature came from remains a mystery to police.

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