Environment

Officers catch huge lizard that terrified Florida neighbours

Monday, November 12, 2018

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

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

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

Wildlife officers and Davie police officers caught it recently 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 non-native

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