18-inch water monitor lizard captured at Pearl Harbor

Water monitor lizard (Photo: HDOA)
Water monitor lizard (Photo: HDOA)

The state Dept. of Agriculture announced Monday that a Malayan water monitor lizard was captured at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Officials say the lizard was first spotted Thursday, June 26 and captured Friday afternoon.

Personnel from the Hawaii Air National Guard reported seeing a large black lizard running on its hind legs around a maintenance shop near the airfield, officials said.

On Friday afternoon, base personnel cornered the lizard and called HDOA inspectors who were able to capture the animal.

The lizard measures about 18 inches in length.

Base personnel report that there was a recent arrival of equipment from Malaysia and it is suspected that the lizard may have been a hitchhiker.

Water monitor lizards are native to India, China, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea Islands. They may grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh more than 100 lbs. Their diet in their native range is varied and may consist of crabs, mollusks, fish, snakes, turtles, birds, frogs, lizards, rodents, eggs, monkeys, small deer, and carrion.

In Hawaii, the lizard poses a threat to native and ground-nesting birds.

Anyone with information on illegal animals should call the state’s toll-free pest hotline at 643-PEST (7378).

 

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