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Massive lizard caught in Riverside to be reunited with its owner

January 26, 2011 |  3:29 pm

A 5-foot-long lizard that was caught after roaming through a Riverside neighborhood was expected to be reunited Wednesday with its owner.

Elmer, a black-throated monitor lizard, had been missing since Sunday after he escaped through an open door, the Riverside County Animal Services Department said.

At the time, Elmer's tank was being cleaned, which provided the reptile an opportunity to wander away from the Riverside home where he was kept as a pet, officials said.

Animal services officers inspected Elmer's home Wednesday and determined that it was large enough to safely house the pet.

Elmer was captured Tuesday by officers from the Animal Services and Riverside police departments.


5-foot-long lizard captured wandering through Riverside neighborhood

-- Robert J. Lopez

Video: Elmer at a Riverside animal shelter. Credit: Riverside County Animal Services Department