I was surprised to read that a cat eating lizard lives in Florida. It is a big nasty-looking beast and it is called a ‘tegu’. It comes from Argentina and it not native to America. I guess someone brought a couple over on a boat and it has bred ever since. And they are efficient breeders.
It is four feet long with sharp claws and teeth. It has a strong bite and they can swim well, even underwater for a long time. They eat ‘domestic animals’. Nice. One was seen in a Palm Bay neighborhood.
This unusual predator of the domestic cat must be another good reason why cat owners keep their cats inside.
This is not the first time a tegu has been spotted in Brevard County. If one is seen you are meant to note the location, take a photo and report the sighting to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). Phone 1-888-483-4681.