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Godzilla, Monitor Lizard

January 29, 2011 by staff 

Godzilla, A 5-foot, black-throated monitor lizard was discovered on Tuesday released a sidewalk in the residential area of California. The giant Godzilla-like “Elmer” was met with owner Tom Casarez Jr., after being captured by an animal control officer hesitated, but one can ask the question again: Should there be wild animals like pets?

Riverside, California, Animal Control Officer Jenny Setzer received a call from a big lizard wandering around in a residential backyard. Animal Control spokesman John Welsh told the Press-Enterprise, “She said she has seen and almost jumped back in her truck. People were panicking because this is the Godzilla-like creature walking on the sidewalk. “

lizards are not poisonous like their cousins in the American southwest, the Gila monster. but as members of the lizard Vara**s, including crocodile and monitor Komodo dragon, they are the largest lizards on earth. Monitor lizards are carnivorous. They are known to be docile, but like any wild animal, scared when cornered. Elmer was hissing and whistling tail threatening when he was captured. It turns out that the escapee was only about 20 meters from the house, but he was clearly disoriented and frightened.

Besides scaring local residents, Elmer was probably not a threat. It is legal to keep lizards as pets, and are a popular product on the market for reptiles. However, is it safe to keep large reptile or other wild animal, especially in a residential area? Is it safe for residents? Is it safe for wildlife?

(AP) – Animal services officers often receive calls reporting “huge” monstrous reptiles, but to come and find a garden snake Itty-Bitty.

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

“She said she has seen and almost jumped back in her truck,” said John Welsh, spokesman for Riverside County departments of animal. “People were panicking because this is the Godzilla-like creature walking on the sidewalk.”

Selter managed to get a catch pole – a long pole with a loop at the end that is used to control vicious dogs – around the neck of the animal, Welsh said. He was docile at first, but then he began to whistle.

A policeman grabbed the lizard’s body while holding on its pointy Selter, tail swing, and together they put in a compartment of her truck which is generally used for large dogs.

Black-throated lizards are carnivorous, their own legal and California native grasslands of Africa and parts of Asia. Minors and go for about 100 in pet stores, but they grow up.

Back at the shelter, the staff found the reptile has been very good for a lizard.

“The last we had was bad. But it does whistle and we were able to walk. He was investigated and does not break anyone,” said Welsh. “We believe it was pet from someone a long time, because it’s so big. I think they could let him wander around the house. Maybe he is sleeping on a bean bag?

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