Palm Beach County Invaded by Nile Monitor Lizards
According to reports by the Sun-Sentinel and Yahoo Finance, Nile Monitor Lizards have begun invading South Florida by establishing breeding grounds.
The Nile monitor lizard is a large, carnivorous reptile native to Africa and while the lizards have been in South Florida for years, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has been working vigorously to remove them.
With the breeding season beginning soon, officials are requesting the community’s help by photographing and reporting sightings.
The lizards can be most frequently observed along canal banks near Southern Boulevard and can grow to be over five feet long and reach 15 pounds.
According to the Sun-Sentinel, Cape Coral has the largest Nile Monitor population in Florida.
In its natural habitat in Africa, the lizards have been known to eat domestic cats.
Because the lizards are an invasive species, individuals have been warned to keep an eye on their pets.