Tegu lizard beginning to overrun parts of Florida - New York News

Tegu lizard beginning to overrun parts of Florida

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HILLSBOROUGH CO., Fla. -- They're big and they're hungry.

Now, the tegu lizard is becoming a problem for Hillsborough County, Florida.

The tegu lizard was first spotted in rural Hillsborough County nine years ago. But since then reports have become more frequent.

The South American invader can grow up to four-and-a-half feet long and lays up to fifty eggs at a time.

Residents have seen them chowing down on local birds and animals and many fear their pets may be on the menu.

Biologists are setting traps in the Balm-Boyette Scrub Preserve to try to determine how big the problem is.

As the weather heats up, the tegus will start coming out of their burrows ready to feed.


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