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05/28/2007 04:55 AM ID: 62706 Permalink   

Large, Possibly Poisonous Lizard Terrorises Florida Neighbourhood

 

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.

 
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This particular lizard is about 6-7 feet long and weighs approx 75 pounds. They could potentially break your leg with their tail whip. Nasty critter. Don't think I'd like him wandering around my place.
 
  by: ixuzus     05/28/2007 04:58 AM     
  actually it's the other around  
 
it's the humans terrorising the lizard.

new suburb housing just keep sprawling and that's destroying the natural habitat of thousands (if not more) of other creatures. many are becoming extinct as a result.

we are not short of human beings! give threatened species a chance to live - they have a right to live don't they?!
 
  by: landers     05/28/2007 05:52 AM     
  @landers  
 
That particular lizard is indigenous to Africa. It doesn't occur naturally in Florida. Would you like a couple of lions and maybe some cobras to terrorise too?
 
  by: ixuzus     05/28/2007 05:57 AM     
  @ixuzus  
 
Well, it's not like aliens brought the lizard to North America. And it didn't swim across the ocean to terrorize people.

Who knows, maybe if there were more people-less places for it to escape to, it would have by now. Assuming that it doesn't like the taste of garbage.
 
  by: Fratley   05/28/2007 06:09 AM     
  @Fratley  
 
Apparently it likes barbecues. Seriously this is not the sort of creature you want escaping into the wilderness - particularly considering the number of creatures that have shown the ability to reproduce without both genders present.
 
  by: ixuzus     05/28/2007 06:18 AM     
  @ixuzus  
 
it doesn't matter really; it's still human beings terrorising the lizard, first by capturing it in Africa, then bringing it to America and then exposing it to torture and death by anti-earth freaks in Florida.

to say it's OK to kill an African lizard because it's from Africa is as absurd as to say it's OK to kill European whites in America because they're from Europe.
 
  by: landers     05/28/2007 06:42 AM     
  @Landers  
 
"to say it's OK to kill an African lizard because it's from Africa is as absurd as to say it's OK to kill European whites in America because they're from Europe."

What. Who said anything about killing anything? Nothing in the comments, summary, nor the source about killing it. On the contrary they're attempting to capture it--live.
 
  by: fballer23   05/28/2007 07:11 AM     
  not a big deal  
 
remember, this is florida we're talking about - the place with alligators and newly introduced pythons. making so much fuss over one monitor in florida is like being concerned over a fire ant at your feet when there's a bee hive above your head.
 
  by: ManilaRyce     05/28/2007 08:22 AM     
  @ixuzus  
 
my apologies for the careless wording. it's my interpretation from experience.

many animals have died from such attempts at "capturing them live".

and the attempt of capturing the lizard live is an act of terrorizing it in my opinion.
 
  by: landers     05/28/2007 08:45 AM     
  @landers  
 
So you are also all for upsetting the natural local ecosystem too?

Just think about what would happen if it started breeding in Florida, what would happen to the ecosystem thats not setup to handle it...

It shouldnt be here, period.
 
  by: Jediman3     05/28/2007 03:09 PM     
  @landers  
 
"it doesn't matter really; it's still human beings terrorising the lizard, first by capturing it in Africa, then bringing it to America and then exposing it to torture and death by anti-earth freaks in Florida."
Yeah, anti-earth freaks in Florida. Wtf is wrong with you? If this story was in Tennessee would you have said the same? How about Austraila (sp?)?
I mean seriously, have you ever been to florida? Are the people there that much different than the rest of the world? If you haven't been there, and you're basing your opinion on florida because of the elections in 2000 or the amount of other stories coming out of the state, then you need to rethink your stand. Most people that live in Florida now were not born there, they moved there.

"to say it's OK to kill an African lizard because it's from Africa is as absurd as to say it's OK to kill European whites in America because they're from Europe."
UMMMM If European whites had poisonous bites and could run up to 60MPH, then yeah, I guess it would be ok to kill them cause they're from Europe.
 
  by: matr1x   05/28/2007 03:25 PM     
  to Jediman3 and matr1x  
 
to Jediman3:

No. But the lizard is not upsetting the ecosystem in Florida. The humans are! Applying your logic, American Whites should be sent back to Europe, Blacks back to Africa and Yellows back to Asia.

to matr1x:

I'm perfectly fine. It's yourself that you should be worrying about!

This is about the impact of an African lizard. Not politics. I don't believe it's the only creature with a poisonous bite. I suggest you look this one up in an encyclopedia: "Micrurus fulvius".
 
  by: landers     05/28/2007 04:33 PM     
  Hahaha  
 
THEY THOUGHT IT WAS A PET! Seriously at least 6 of my neighbors have 7 foot poisonous lizards in their backyards.
 
  by: xufeelinlukyx   05/28/2007 04:59 PM     
  @landers  
 
"Wtf is wrong with you? If this story was in Tennessee would you have said the same? How about Austraila (sp?)?
I mean seriously, have you ever been to florida? Are the people there that much different than the rest of the world?"

Well, you've answered the first question. But I would still like to know your responses to the others.

And you are correct, this is about the impact of a foriegn creature in a place thats not used to creatures of this sort. Therefore if there was a huge poisonous lizard running around in the same area that your children played in, would you want that lizard to be captured/killed? Or would you rather have you children/pets/nosy neighbors become this things next meal?
I agree, these things should not be pets for people. That does not change my stand on if it is loose, and could be a danger to people or domesticated animals then it should be captured and removed. But your ideas on the situation seem quite silly IMO.

"we are not short of human beings! give threatened species a chance to live "

"it doesn't matter really; it's still human beings terrorising the lizard, first by capturing it in Africa, then bringing it to America and then exposing it to torture and death by anti-earth freaks in Florida."

I mean, please think about what you're saying before you do.
 
  by: matr1x   05/28/2007 05:10 PM     
  @landers  
 
Oh and on another one of your comments, "many animals have died from such attempts at "capturing them live".

and the attempt of capturing the lizard live is an act of terrorizing it in my opinion."

Don't you think with the amount of gators that wander out of their habitat and into peoples pools, houses, etc. that the local law enforcement would be well trained in the removal of these types of creatures? Without killing it? I'd like to think so.

And if attempting to capture this thing would be terrorizing it? Would you rather have everyone in that neighborhood go and purchase a gun to end it quickly for the lizard so it doesn't get caught in a state of terror? Or maybe something a bit more subtle like everyone setting out a drinking bowl full of anti-freeze? It would be a quick death and probably pretty painless. Because everyone knows we don't want to terrorize animals by capturing them, we would rather terrorize children since we have plenty of them, right?
 
  by: matr1x   05/28/2007 05:18 PM     
  @landers  
 
I know, a bit drawn out, but it keeps coming to me.

And another thing, I seriously doubt that anyone cares about your opinion, "and the attempt of capturing the lizard live is an act of terrorizing it in my opinion." How about we ask the lizard if he feels terrorized about being captured? Then if he says yes, maybe the "anti-earth freaks in Florida" might leave it be?
 
  by: matr1x   05/28/2007 05:22 PM     
  .....  
 

It's too bad Steve Irwin ain't still with us. I imagine he'd be able to do something about it. Perhaps capture it and put it in an animal sanctuary.
 
  by: LondonOntGuy   05/29/2007 06:27 AM     
  Picture from the frontline!  
 
http://upload.wikimedia.org/...

Seriously this is the first thing that came to my head when i seen Lizard Terrorizing Florida.
 
  by: ohioankev   05/29/2007 11:40 AM     
  *Update*  
 
Police allegedly shot two bullets into the lizard, but have yet to find the corpse.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/...
 
  by: Svengali   05/29/2007 06:04 PM     
  @landers  
 
Sir, you need to remove your head from your ass, because the smell must be accosting your perception of reality.

Florida's ecosystem is not setup to handle the lizard if it starts breeding or multiplying, period. It would be the same situation if I release poisoned dart frogs all over Australia. Their ecosystem wont handle it, and it will collapse.

This has nothign to do with the people. The animal should not be there, period. Monitor lizards don't belong in Florida anymore than posion dart frogs in Austrailia.

The only terrorizing going on here is your skewed sense of reality trying to beat up on common sense.
 
  by: Jediman3     05/29/2007 06:56 PM     
  @ matr1x  
 
Monitors and Alligators are two very different things. Monitors are much faster more agile the smaller ones we have in Australia still have Talons on all 4 limbs that can disembowel a man in a single swip
 
  by: veya_victaous     05/29/2007 11:06 PM     
  @veya_victaous  
 
"that the local law enforcement would be well trained in the removal of these types of creatures? Without killing it?" maybe you misunderstood THESE TYPES(?) OF CREATURES ? ummmmm big f'in lizard. k'thanks
 
  by: matr1x   05/30/2007 05:26 AM     
 
 
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