Nile monitor lizard trapped in Southwest Florida neighborhood

Posted at 6:24 AM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-26 07:58:22-04

(NBC/WBBH) - A 4-foot long Nile monitor lizard was trapped Wednesday in Southwest Florida neighborhood.

Cape Coral residents said they called trappers fearing the rather large reptile might make a meal of small pets.

Officials believe the lizard is making a home in the area because a group of owls are burrowing nearby and that's the kind of food the Nile monitor lizard eats.


Residents say they are just glad the reptile was caught.

"They're just evil. I mean they're one step from a Komodo Dragon for God sake," said Clark Sweeney, Cape Coral resident.  "They are an invasive predator that has a toxic bite and they kill endangered owls."

Burrowing owls, a protected species in the Cape Coral, are on the list of things the lizards like to eat, prompting the city to trap the invasive species.

Tokyo Olympics Medal Count as of late Aug. 1, 2021