RIVERSIDE (CBS) — It’s not like a 5-foot-long lizard could hide for long.

After the media spotlight turned on Elmer the monitor lizard, Elmer’s owner called to lay claim to the large lizard. Spokesman John Welsh says a Riverside County Animal Services sergeant inspected Elmer’s owner’s residence, to make sure the home was sufficient for Elmer.

The Department of Animal Services’ in-house reptile expert, Kim McWhorter, found the home to be satisfactory, but recommended a larger tank for Elmer.

Elmer was found Tuesday, wandering around a condo complex in Riverside and had to be transported in a compartment usually reserved for large dogs.

The owner told animal control officials that Elmer had been missing since Sunday. The lizard vanished while Elmer’s tank was in the process of being cleaned and the owner’s brother accidentally left the front door open.

Elmer is a carnivore, but officials say there have been no reports of missing pets from the area.

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Comments (10)
  1. TT says:

    Yay !!! Elmer is home 🙂 hehehehe

  2. Duh! says:

    At least Elmer didn’t run into that wascally wabbit, Bugs.

  3. TT says:

    I didnt think of that – that could been a snack :):) hehehee

  4. Mini Mousekat says:

    I think I need a bigger box…… Here lizzard lizzard lizzard! Remember those Taco Bell commercials?

  5. TT says:

    I do …. that was a great story for the afternoon – I dont know about you all – but it made me smile 🙂

  6. BikeRider says:

    I wonder what Monitor Lizard tacos taste like….

  7. Bin Laden says:

    Check out Elmer’s tongue.

  8. Josh Butts says:

    Elmer was eyeing that little doggie in the background. Elmer’s wanting a hot dog!

  9. Take California back says:

    To bad he did not eat an illiegal alien.

  10. kirsten says:

    hes huge but thats intresting to see a 5 foot long lizard

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