Exotic lizards on the loose in Florida

Since last week, state wildlife authorities have recovered 34 live tegus lizards, some in poor physical shape. (Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission)

At a time when spring flowers should be emerging from the ground, dozens of 4-foot foreign lizards instead crawled out of the dirt in one Florida backyard this month. The prospect of another widespread animal invasion is troubling for Florida’s state authorities who are already dealing with a daunting pantheon of exotic pets turned invasive species like the Burmese python.

Since last week, state wildlife authorities have recovered 34 live tegus lizards, some in poor physical shape, as well as several carcasses … the black-and-white lizards measured 3 to 4 feet  in length and weighed up to 30 pounds.

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