Venomous gila monster captured in San Diego
A venomous gila monster has been captured in the Rancho Bernardo neighborhood of San Diego, according to the San Diego County Department of Animal Services.
The 2-foot-long lizard, native to the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, is being kept at a county animal shelter in Carlsbad until officials with the state Department of Fish and Game can devise a relocation plan.
"It's very dangerous and illegal to possess without a permit," said Lt. Dan DeSousa of the animal services department.
DeSousa said he plans Tuesday to talk to reptile experts from the San Diego Zoo and officials from Fish and Game.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Gila monster found in Rancho Bernardo. Credit: San Diego County Department of Animal Services