Tegu lizard spotted in Palm Beach County - WRBL

Tegu lizard spotted in Palm Beach County

Posted: Updated:
  • Tegu lizard spotted in Palm Beach CountyMore>>

  • Lizard invasion spreads to Polk County

    Lizard invasion spreads to Polk County

    Friday, July 11 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-07-11 19:39:01 GMT
    A couple in Winter Haven saw what they thought was a crocodile near their home. It turned out to be a tegu lizard. Jim and Barbara Walter said the reptile was in their backyard porch.
    A couple in Winter Haven saw what they thought was a crocodile near their home. It turned out to be a tegu lizard. Jim and Barbara Walter said the reptile was in their backyard porch.
A resident in the suburban Lake Worth spotted a gigantic Argentine tegu lizard near her home, WPTV reported.

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

"I didn't dare to get too close," she said in an interview with WPTV. "I didn't want to get too close because you never know what they'll do."

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.



  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • 1 dead, 1 sickened from flesh-eating bacteria in Sarasota

    1 dead, 1 sickened from flesh-eating bacteria in Sarasota

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:55:47 GMT
    WFLA file photo.WFLA file photo.
    Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.
    Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.
  • An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.

    An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:53:07 GMT
    Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.
    Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.

  • Back to School: Special shoe store for little girls

    Back to School: Special shoe store for little girls

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:51 AM EDT2014-07-30 10:51:59 GMT
    Colete Glover-Hannah has turned her living room into a mini shoe store.
    Colete Glover-Hannah has turned her living room into a mini shoe store.
  • NewsMore>>

  • 1 dead, 1 sickened from flesh-eating bacteria in Sarasota

    1 dead, 1 sickened from flesh-eating bacteria in Sarasota

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:55 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:55:47 GMT
    WFLA file photo.WFLA file photo.
    Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.
    Sarasota County health officials have issued a warning against eating raw oysters and exposing open wounds to coastal and inland waters after one person died and another was sickened by a flesh-eating bacteria.
  • Florida's CFO: Insurance customers entitled to refunds

    Florida's CFO: Insurance customers entitled to refunds

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:37:47 GMT
    Consumers who bought insurance plans but could not use them in the early days of the Affordable Care Act rollout should be able to get a refund, Florida’s chief financial officer told News Channel 8. Some customers who signed up for plans and paid premiums didn’t initially receive ID cards or numbers from insurance company Florida Blue in early 2014.
    Consumers who bought insurance plans but could not use them in the early days of the Affordable Care Act rollout should be able to get a refund, Florida’s chief financial officer told News Channel 8. Some customers who signed up for plans and paid premiums didn’t initially receive ID cards or numbers from insurance company Florida Blue in early 2014.
  • An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.

    An app that repels mosquitoes? We test it.

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:53 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:53:07 GMT
    Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.
    Now, there's an app that claims to keep mosquitoes away. You can download the anti-mosquito sonic repeller on your smart phone.

  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Small cars fare poorly in crash tests

    Small cars fare poorly in crash tests

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:59 AM EDT2014-07-30 07:59:53 GMT
    The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.
    The four-door Mini Cooper Countryman was the only one of 12 cars to earn a top rating of "good" in new frontal crash tests.
  • Dramatic doggie makeovers put new face to pet adoption

    Dramatic doggie makeovers put new face to pet adoption

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-29 21:14:31 GMT
    What a difference a bath can make! Millions of shelter dogs across the United States just need a little bit of grooming and TLC in order to shine, as evidenced by these photos.
    What a difference a bath can make! Millions of shelter dogs across the United States just need a little bit of grooming and TLC in order to shine, as evidenced by these photos.
  • Lawsuit: Failed Circumcision Never Happened

    Lawsuit: Failed Circumcision Never Happened

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:33:55 GMT
    Doctors accused of amputating a man’s penis during a circumcision asking for dismissal
    Doctors accused of amputating a man’s penis during a circumcision asking for dismissal
Powered by WorldNow

1350 13th Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

Telephone: 706.323.3333
Fax: 706.327.6655
Email: news@wrbl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.