Florida wildlife officials to kill invading monitor lizards at sight for eating cats and other pets

April 13, 2015 3:03 PM

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says Nile monitor lizards have established a breeding population in Palm Beach County, and officials have been tasked with the duty to increase patrol and kill these exotic reptile once a month, and sometimes several times a month depending on how many is sighted or how well they breed.

The Nile monitors which are native to Africa are thought to have arrived the US via illicit pet trade, and then released or escaped into the wild where they are starting to become a threat. They could grow up to 8 feet long and have been reported as killing cats and other local pets, a developing th...

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