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Venomous gila monster captured in San Diego

Gila monster found in San Diego neighborhood

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.


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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Gila monster found in Rancho Bernardo. Credit: San Diego County Department of Animal Services

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