An African monitor, thought to have been a pet that either escaped or was released, is eluding capture and roaming a Central Florida neighborhood. Most recently the elusive lizard was spotted near a pond.
African monitors are amongst the largest lizards alive today. They have strong jaws and a potentially poisonous bite. In addition they have very sharp claws and can run as fast as 60 mph.
"We just want him to be caught because they say he is very dangerous and he has a deadly bite. We don't want him around all of the children who here," (sic) said local resident Ilene Gothelf.