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6-foot lizard corralled in Texas

Sept. 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

KERRVILLE, Texas, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Why did the 6-foot lizard cross the road? A Texas sheriff isn't sure, but his officers corralled the critter just the same.

Kerr County Sheriff Rusty Hierolzer said animal control officers were called Wednesday by motorists alarmed at the lizard's size. Turns out, the reptile belonged to a nearby resident who collects exotic animals.

The man's home was damaged by fire last year and said the lizard, a water monitor, escaped 10 days ago, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Hierolzer said a check reveals no license is needed to own a lizard that large.

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