Trapped Nile Monitor Lizard

Residents gaze in wonder at a 4.5-foot (1.4-meter) Nile monitor lizard captured near their home. Imported from Africa as pets, thereptile can grow to more than <br />
seven feet (2.1 meters) long--way too big and feisty for the average owner to handle. <br />
"They're horrible pets," says Todd Campbell, the University of Tampa ecology professor who trapped this lizard. "They have a high propensity toward being aggressive and untameable." <br />
As a result many are released into the wild, where they breed and prey on native birds, small terrestrial mammals, and other reptiles.

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