Savannah monitor lizard. Jessica Palmer Photo
Roswell Animal Services received a call from the 100 block of South Missouri from a woman who said she had some kind of reptile in her yard.
When Animal Control Officer Jesse Ramirez arrived, he discovered a monitor lizard wedged between two fences. The animal was dead, and Animal Services believe it may have been someone’s escaped pet that succumbed to the recent cold weather.
Animal Control Officer Andrew Gross, who is Animal Services’ reptile expert, said he thought it was a Savannah monitor, a popular pet. He explained that the monitor as a cold-blooded species requires specific conditions including a heat source in order to survive.
The Savanna monitor is a stocky lizard from Africa where it spends most of its time on the ground or in a burrow. It can reach a length of 5 feet and is usually a gray or dull yellow color. The Savanna is one of the more common monitors available as a pet. They can become quite tame.