There was legit a 4 and a half foot monitor lizard, the same family as the Komodo Dragon, walking around Western New York!

There was a guy who was moving out of his apartment in the Village of Attica and somehow his pet monitor lizard got out. The lizard was a 4 and a half, monitor lizard that got out and started wandering around town last summer.
The lizard was MASSIVE and was apparently, spotted a few times, but every time the police got there, they could never find the lizard. Animal experts say that a monitor lizard likes to lay in the heat and eat mice and other small animals.
As of right now, it is not known if the animal was ever found. Now, there has been a lot of debate on social media over whether or not this monitor lizard was, in fact, a komodo dragon. The komodo dragon is a member of the monitor lizard family.

The Komodo dragon is actually in the monitor lizard family, according to Daily Science Journal.


...when it comes to reptiles, there are a lot of people asking what the difference is between the popular Komodo dragon and a monitor lizard. Actually, Komodo dragons are a type of monitor lizard, but there are other monitor lizards that have other defining features. Komodo dragons are also arguably the deadliest monitor lizard (and reptile, for that matter) in its habitat

UPDATE: The lizard was hit by a car and died. 

There always seems to be some strange animal news happening in Western New York. The past couple of weeks, we have been sharing some of the most ridiculous, but true animal stories that have happened around Buffalo--from the Alligator being found in the water to the Gorilla temporarily sneaking out of its exhibit in the Buffalo News. Next week's throwback story is pretty juicy, too!

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