Advertisement

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbors Photo: AP.

November 08, 2018 03:23 PM

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities have caught a huge lizard that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood for months.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday the Asian water monitor lizard measures more than 8 feet (2.5 meters) long.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

The lizard is an escaped pet. It was first reported loose in August in a Davie neighborhood. Residents said it lurked in their backyards and scratched at their patio doors.

Wildlife officers and Davie police officers caught it Tuesday after getting a tip from a resident who said the lizard frequently appeared on his property around midday.

A wildlife commission statement says the lizard will be returned to its owner, who received a criminal citation for its escape.

Owners must have cages to keep these lizards as pets. It's illegal to release nonnative species in Florida.

Credits

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Advertisement
Relay Media Amp
Advertisement
Advertisement
Schoharie County D.A. says NTSB has had more access to limo than claimed

Gillibrand comes home to lay out case for presidential candidacy

Gillibrand calls Troy 'awesome' when asked about campaign headquarters

Racist graffiti on Schaghticoke road sign shocks community

Government shutdown hits craft breweries

Advertisement