Environmental police looking for owner of lizard

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Environmental police are trying to find the owner of an exotic pet.

According to Massachusetts Environmental Police, the lizard was found in Chicopee.

The Reptile and Amphibian Refuge Center in West Springfield said the animal is a Tegu, a type of lizard, that can grow to be around three feet long.

The center said although it is legal to keep a Tegu as a pet, they start out small and grow rapidly, and many people aren’t prepared to care for a reptile that size.

Greg Sabin of the Reptile and Amphibian Refuge Center told 22News, “They’re not going to be small for very long. They grow exponentially in growth spurts around six to twelve months you’ll see the iguana really start to put on size, and by a year and a half to two years old they can be this big already.”

Police are asking anyone who may know the owner of the lizard to call 1-800-632-8075.

Officers are also warning people to keep an eye on their exotic pets as the weather gets warmer to keep them from straying away and getting lost.

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