Locals leery of 2m lizard on loose
A SHERIFF in the United State has warned residents in a Colorado tourist town that a strong, aggressive 2m lizard that eats small animals – including dogs and cats – is on the loose in the area.
Teller County Sheriff Mike Ensinger says an 11kg pet Nile monitor lizard has gone missing after breaking a mesh leash and crawling away.
Sheriff Ensinger says about 400 homes in the Woodland Park area have been warned.
He says the animal is known as Dino and has not bitten any humans – yet.
“We have a six-foot reptile out and about,” says Sheriff Ensinger.
“If it gets hungry enough, we don’t know what it will do.”
Bradley Bundy, a veterinarian at Dublin Animal Hospital in Colorado Springs, says the lizard can inflict a nasty bite if cornered.
“This kiddo could hurt someone if they don’t know how to restrain it,” says Mr Bundy.
The lizards are sold in area pet stores and look cute when they’re only 20cm long, but they can grow to reach 3m when they get older.
Sheriff Ensinger says officers may use a tracking dog if Dino isn’t located soon.
“I’m not going after it,” he says. “I don’t do reptiles.”