Dangerous reptile: Police warn of 4.5ft monitor lizard running free in Attica village | Public Service News

ATTIC – Police are asking the public to beware of a 4.5ft monitor lizard that is roaming free in the village.

A resident was leaving his apartment on July 29, Attica Police Chief Dean Hendershott said. In doing so, his 4.5-foot Nile monitor escaped from his cage.

As the owner attempted to retrieve the lizard, it climbed over 100 feet in a tree near the building. Several attempts have been made to recapture the lizard without success.

The owner and animal control set up several live traps to re-capture the animal without success.

The police department received unconfirmed reports over the next few days that the lizard had reached Tonawanda Creek, Hendershott said.

Tonawanda Creek is located in front of the building.

At around 1 p.m. Monday, the police department was informed by a frantic resident that the lizard was found in its backyard in the 200 block of Exchange Street. The resident reported that the lizard had entered her garden through a fence.

The rear of the residence is located along the Tonawanda stream.

Upon arrival and after a thorough search, the reptile could not be located. The owner was able to take a photo of the reptile.

The Police Department is in contact with the New York State DEC and is working to resolve the issue.

“In the meantime, if you see the animal, contact the police immediately,” police said in a statement. “Stay away from it. The lizard bites, it secretes venom, but it is not fatal to humans. The main cause for concern would be bacterial infection due to the bite. “

The Nile monitor requires temperatures between 82 and 90 degrees and will warm up in sunny areas. Its main source of food is small rodents and sometimes large mice and rats.

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