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Giant lizard caught strolling Riverside's streets

Not only the 5-foot, 45-pound reptile surprised the pedestrians, it also shocked the Riverside County animal control officers who responded to a call reporting the giant lizard at 2:30 pm.(Photo Courtesy: msnbc.com)

A five-foot long monstrous lizard roams the streets, and makes heads turn as it passes by. Wondering if it's the scene from a movie? No, it is not.

People in city of Riverside, California got a shock of lifetime when they saw a black-throated giant lizard strolling the condominium complex Tuesday.

John Welsh, public information officer Riverside County Department of Animal Services, stated, "It was just walking along.

"People were stunned by the size of this thing. It looks like the size of a small alligator."

As the lizard is very big, well-behaved, and docile, it is likely that the reptile has been someone's pet for a long time, and might have escaped its cage when its owner was away.

Godzilla-like creature startles officers
Not only the 5-foot, 45-pound reptile surprised the pedestrians, it also shocked the Riverside County animal control officers who responded to a call reporting the giant lizard at 2:30 pm.

The officers often get to retrieve monstrous reptiles, but they are nothing more than small garden-variety reptiles. This time, they were taken aback, as it was really a monstrous lizard.

Jenny Selter of Department of Animal Services Officer stated, "I was thinking it would be an itty-bitty lizard.

"I really thought I would be rolling up to discover it was just an oversized garden lizard. This was no garden lizard."

With the help from the Riverside police officer, Selter managed to catch the lizard.

They used a catch pole, a long pole with a loop at the end, to get the reptile under control. While the police officer held its body, Selter held its tail, and together they put the lizard in the animal control truck.

Is giant lizard someone's pet?
The reptile is probably native of Africa or Asia.

Considering that it is legal to own lizards in California, the animal could be someone's pet. Juveniles cost around $100 in pet stores in the state.

As the lizard is very big, well-behaved, and docile, it likely that the reptile has been someone's pet for a long time, and might have escaped its cage when its owner was away.

“I think they might let it wander around the house. Maybe it sleeps on a bean bag?," Welsh added.

The animal services officers in the state are hoping that the owner will call to claim the lizard soon.

Till the time the pet owner does not show up, the reptile will stay at Western Riverside County/City Animal Shelter in Pedley, Welsh, under the care of Kim McWhorter, an Animal Services reptile expert.