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Tropical lizard a surprise discovery in Exeter park

Published: 12 August 2020

Monitor lizard Monitor lizard found in Exeter park

Park keepers in Exeter made an unusual discovery when cutting grass – a metre-long monitor lizard.

Although the UK is sweltering in tropical-like temperatures the reptile is not a native species and is usually found in places like South-East Asia or Australia.

The lizard was spotted by a member of the public in the wooded area of Belle Isle Park. The lady notified Exeter City Council parks staff who managed to locate it in long grass.

Staff think it is likely to have escaped from someone’s home and are keen to track down its owner.

The lizard has been put into safe keeping with reptile experts Exeter Exotics. Its owner is urged to contact the shop on 01392 262630 or go directly there.


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