RIVERSIDE (AP) — Animal services officers are looking for the owner of a 5-foot-long lizard found wandering around a condo complex in the city of Riverside.
Spokesman John Welsh says a resident reported the wayward lizard Tuesday afternoon. He says animal services officer Jenny Selter put a catch pole around its neck while a police officer grabbed the reptile’s body. They then slipped it into a compartment of Selter’s vehicle that’s usually used for carrying large dogs.
Welsh says the animal is well-behaved, for a Monitor lizard, and likely has been someone’s pet for a long time. He suspects it escaped from its cage, perhaps while its owner was away, and hopes that someone will claim it soon.
Black-throated Monitor lizards are carnivorous and native to the grasslands of Africa.
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