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Traps Set To Catch Tegu Lizards

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We haven't heard the last from the tegu lizards. More than 30 of the exotic lizards have been captured already, but others could be on the loose.

Tuesday, an exotic wildlife technician was in the area setting metal traps to capture any other tegus roaming the neighborhood.

Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believe a licensed breeder abandoned the exotic creatures in the area of East Avenue north of 15th Street. These lizards can grow to be around 4 feet long and weigh up to 30 pounds.

FWC urges residents not to touch the tegus but report the sighting immediately.

"They will eat native wildlife. They'll eat box turtles... birds, eggs, anything on the ground they can get to. It's just important not to let them get a foothold here," says Stank Kirkland with FWC.

This is a criminal investigation. FWC expects to sit down with the State Attorney's Office to determine what charges the breeder will face.