Overweight monitor lizard runs away from after being put on a diet

Overweight monitor lizard runs away from after being put on a diet
Published: 2016 August 29 10:40:06 (7221 Views)
A chubby monitor lizard has been reunited with its owner a week after going missing.

The 6kg reptile made a break for it after being put on a strict diet and exercise regime.

It had been previously overfed, forcing its new owners to take action, before it fled from its enclosure in Kelsale, Suffolk.

Thankfully he was returned home with the help of the RSPCA after being spotted by shocked passers-by hiding underneath a piece of corrugated metal.

RSPCA Insp Jason Finch said: "I was shocked when I first saw this lizard.

"At a first glance he could easily be mistaken for a crocodile - he is huge.

"I have only ever seen one monitor lizard before - but it was nothing like this. This one was so big - and very strong too.

"He was clearly overweight and was lost - and a bit grumpy about it.

"The person that found him had managed to contain him in a trailer and called us to help.

"Thankfully his owner was tracked down and we could reunite them fairly swiftly."



It emerged the lizard's new owners had allowed it out into the garden to try and get it to swim and do some laps around the garden to help it lose weight.

But it seems it decided enough was enough, when it made its great escape.

Insp Finch added: "We found out that his owner had adopted him after his previous keeper had fed him too much and he was severely overweight.

"That is why he had been out in the garden - for a swim and to get some much needed exercise doing laps of the garden - to help him lose weight.

"Unfortunately he took a wander and went missing.

"In the warmer weather reptiles have more energy and this one had put on a spurt to escape and wander through to fields neighbouring the home.

"The owner was so relieved to get his lizard back. He had been cutting down shrubbery in his garden desperately trying to find him - but with no luck. It was lovely to be able to reunite them again.

Dr Ros Clubb, exotics scientist for the RSPCA, said: it was lucky the lizard was found when he was as they don't usually survive long-term in the wild.

She said: "Lizards like this would not survive long-term in the wild in this country so it is lucky he was found when he was.

"It is great that his owner is taking such care to exercise him and make him lose weight.

"With reptiles this is a very slow process as their metabolism is slow. So this shows dedication getting him to stick to his regime."



Source - Mirror

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