RIVERSIDE — Associated Press reports that a 5-foot Monitor lizard was wandering around a Riverside condo complex on Jan. 25.
John Welsh, spokesman for Riverside County Animal Services, said that it gave animal control officer Jenny Selter quite a shock. She used a catch pole normally used to handle vicious dogs and the animal began to hiss.
A police officer grabbed the lizard’s body as Selter held the carnivore’s tail and together they loaded it into the animal control truck’s compartment used for large dogs.
The black-throated Monitor lizard is legal to own in the state of California and is native to the African grassland and parts of Asia.
Welsh thinks the lizard is a pet due to its large size and might have escaped its cage or gotten loose while its owner was away, and said he hoped its owner comes to claim it soon.