A Ledyard man has been arrested, after his large, potentially dangerous lizard escaped.

Anthony String is charged with illegal possession of a restricted reptile.

Ledyard Police Lieutenant Mike Finkelstein says banned reptiles can pose problems.

“They do grow extremely large, and not only are they not made for the climate, but they are fairly dangerous,” Finkelstein said. “They are carnivores, they are going to be eating small animals, and in some cases they are a danger to humans.”

They can produce a toxic substance in their saliva.

Police say String told them he kept the 4-foot long Nile Monitor lizard in an aquarium enclosure in his garage — until it escaped.

The lizard was eventually shot and killed when it was found in a chicken coop, eating some of the chickens.


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