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Tegu lizard spotted in Palm Beach County

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Nadja Kranites pulled out her phone and started taking pictures of the creature to report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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She said she was scared of the gigantic reptile, a non-native species in Florida.

FWC representatives say, these invasive lizards form colonies in the state and threaten native species, filling in the niche where a native predator didn't exist. Tegus can forever change the Florida landscape, according to WPTV story.

Officials say, the tegu numbers are growing and they need to be stopped. You can read more about how to help stop them here.



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