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Stray lizard on the loose in Hampshire

August 7, 2017

The RSPCA is appealing to locals in Norn Hill to contact the charity if they spot an escaped lizard who was spotted scaling the wall of a home in Silvester Close over the weekend.

The lizard has not been formally identified yet but is thought to be a type of monitor lizard. The species is not dangerous but RSPCA exotics officer Phil Hamilton is urging people to keep their distance and contact the RSPCA if they spot the exotic creature.

He said:

‘My colleague received a call on Saturday reporting a large lizard climbing the wall of a house, and as an exotics officers, she called me straight away to help her confine him. However, when we arrived the lizard had disappeared, and we were still unable to locate him after searching for over an hour.

‘According to neighbours, the lizard has been seen over the last couple of weeks on the roofs of houses, so we are very keen to locate and confine him, to take him to a place of safety.

‘There’s no reason for people to be alarmed but I do ask that as soon as anybody spots the lizard once again, they call the RSPCA straight away on 0300 1234 999 so we can confine him safely. I would advise members of the public not to attempt to catch or handle the lizard themselves if they do spot him.

‘If the lizard is indeed a monitor lizard, they can grow very large and require a substantial enclosure and an experienced keeper. A lizard such as this would not survive for very long in our climate, especially if the weather worsens and the temperature drops, so it’s really important we find this lizard as soon as possible.’

Anyone who sees the lizard is advised to keep a safe distance away and call the RSPCA emergency line on 0300 1234 999, and anyone with any information about the lizard and how it came to be on the loose is also advised to call the number.

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