Wednesday, January 26, 2011


The 50-foot, 450-pound monitor lizard was first seen walking through the complex and the animal is believed to be a pet that escaped its owner. The large lizard will be held at a shelter and taken care of by a reptile expert until its owner claims it.

The scary site cause quite the stir in the United States, monitor lizards are only native to Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Australia, Philippines, New Guinea and China but are legal to own as exotic pets in the United States. The lizards have become a staple in the pet trade. They are very intelligent creatures and through studies- experts have discovered these lizards can actually count numbers up to six.RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Animal services officers often get calls reporting "huge," monstrous reptiles, only to arrive and find an itty-bitty garden snake.

The 5-foot Monitor lizard wandering around a condo complex in the city of Riverside was way bigger than animal control officer Jenny Selter could have imagined.

Jenny Shelter, Animal Control Office, was on the scene and couldn’t believe how monstrous this lizard was:“She said she saw it and almost jumped back in her truck,” said John Welsh, spokesman for Riverside County Animal Services.

“The residents were freaking out because here’s the Godzilla-like creature walking down the sidewalk.”Dahm said that he got his dragon about 10 years ago from an animal Shippensburg, which has since ceased operations. Some students had bought the animal at a reptile show, beating large and medium-sized, lizard, and sold in pet stores. Other students have bought twice the screen but he returned to the store.

The closest relatives are the lizards and anguid helodermatid .lizards are generally large reptiles, although some can be as small as 12 centimeters in length. They have a long neck, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed members.


During the late Cretaceous era, monitor lizards and their relatives are believed to have evolved into amphibians, then fully marine forms, mosasaurs, which reached lengths of up to 17 m.It was also believed that snakes are more closely related to lizards than any other existing type of reptile, but it was suggested that snakes are the sister group of clade iguanians and anguimorphs.

"The last one we had was nasty. But this one doesn't hiss and we were able to walk it around. It was investigating and didn't snap at anyone," Welsh said. "We suspect that it's been someone's pet for a long time, because it's so big. I think they might let it wander around the house. Maybe it sleeps on a bean bag?"Welsh thinks the scaly pet might have escaped its cage or gotten loose while its owner was away, and he hoped its owner comes to claim it soon.

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