Could a five foot lizard be on the loose in parts of Halifax?

A nile monitor lizard that has the potential to grow up to seven feet could be roaming the streets and parks in Halifax

Tuesday, 22nd August 2017, 1:12 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 1:02 pm
Could a type of Monitor Lizard like the one pictures be on the loose in Halifax?

The West Yorkshire Police force has confirmed they have received reports of a sighting in the King Cross area yesterday morning at 11.35am.

Officers attended the area but nothing was found.

Ashley Skeldon from Kings Cross, said: "Everyone was saying it was a crocodile but we believe it is a Nile monitor lizard and it is about five feet long.

"Yesterday morning at 10am a massive bulldog type dog went into the park and got chased out.

"We have had the police out and the Environmental Health and they found a big dog bone.

"It's been going on for possibly two or three weeks. Normally they come out in the day because they like the heat but it has been coming out when it's quiet.

"We think it's been had as an illegal pet, been let out because it has got too big and it's now a public safety problem.

"It could attack a small child if it is attacking pet cats and dogs," she said.

The reptile will eat insects, birds, rodents, fish, frogs, other reptiles, eggs, and any other animal small enough for them to catch. They are also opportunistic scavengers and will eat the carcasses of dead animals.

Their habitat can range from deserts to forests and savannas. Some monitors spend their time on the ground and others live happily in trees, but most monitors are good climbers regardless of where they live.