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Wildlife worker called to remove gator finds lizard instead

By Sam Howard
Residents in the Houston area confused this lizard with an alligator, prompting a call from Gator Squad, a local business that does alligator extractions. Photo courtesy Gator Squad/Facebook
1 of 2 | Residents in the Houston area confused this lizard with an alligator, prompting a call from Gator Squad, a local business that does alligator extractions. Photo courtesy Gator Squad/Facebook

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June 20 (UPI) -- A Texas wildlife worker dispatched to remove an alligator from someone's stoop found that it wasn't an alligator after all -- it was a small lizard.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Texas Parks and Wildlife directed Christy Kroboth, who works for Gator Squad, an alligator-extraction business, to a Houston-area home where residents reported a gator above their door.

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Once at the home, Kroboth saw the gator was actually a small lizard. She caught the lizard and released it in a neighbor's yard.

"Really, some people need to get back to the city," Gator Squad wrote on its Facebook page June 16.

It isn't the first time Houston-area residents have confused another animal with an alligator, Kroboth told the Chronicle.

"Last year I had a call for an alligator trapped on a back porch," Kroboth said "The caller said the alligator had a long tail and sharp teeth. It turned out to be an opossum."

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