Massive lizard frequenting back yard of one Florida family

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A huge six-foot lizard is roaming a Florida neighborhood. 

It can pose a danger to children and pets — and trappers are trying to find it. 

The massive lizard known as the water monitor has been frequenting a Florida family’s back yard off Knob Hill Road for at least three weeks now. Trappers have been out in full force leaving large cages behind, so that they can capture the animal.

Imagine seeing a massive lizard in your back yard. 

The Lieberman family found the beast of a lizard, known as the water monitor, making its rounds on their property. 

“My wife screams and I thought it was the kids, but wait a minute the kids are right here,” said Zack Lieberman, homeowner. “She’s like ‘it’s back and I’m like ‘what’s back?'”

The lizard is not native to Florida, found in Asia and this particular one spotted in Davie is about six feet in length and two and a half feet wide. 

The Liebermans first saw the water monitor in their back yard nearly three weeks ago. 

Then it came around again on Sunday. 

“This time he was right up against our glass,” said Zack. 

Trappers have been out searching for it to no avail, and the lizard can be dangerous especially around pets and children. 

The Liebermans have two small kids and worry about their safety. 

Since the lizard was spotted, playing outside has been out of the question. 

“They swim, it’s a water monitor so he can swim fast, he can run fast and he can get a hold of the kids fast, so one bite from them and it could be pretty devastating,” said Zack. 

Some neighbors believe the lizard may actually be someone’s pet that lives nearby. FWC has not confirmed this just yet. They’re looking into it and who it may belong to. 

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