Have you seen this lizard?
Last summer, on August 12th, a number of intriguing tweets came from the Maria Mitchell Association. A large lizard was loose on Nantucket! Photographs of interns, armed with nets and fervent expressions were posted, intently trying to catch the lizard.
It’s apparently a Tegu, a lizard that can get up to 3 ½ feet long. They’re sold as household pets, for some reason. It’s become one of those invasive species taking over Florida, and occasionally you see a story about how one bit off someone’s finger or eats a kitty.
I was surprised to see a newer photograph on the Maria Mitchell Facebook page on September 20. Using a “wildlife camera,” they captured the lizard coming out from underneath a building.
They would like to recapture the lizard before the weather gets too cold. Nantucket is not Florida, and a released Tegu is not likely to last the winter.
If you see this lizard, call the Maria Mitchell Association.