GEORGETOWN, Texas (FOX 7 Austin) - UPDATE: The water monitor lizard that escaped from his home two days ago has been caught and is in the process of being returned to its owner, according to Sheriff Robert Chody.
UPDATE: Darbi the lizard has been captured. https://t.co/y4r9F1Q0pa— Natalie Martinez (@NatalieOnFOX7) June 30, 2019
The search for an exotic lizard continues in Williamson County. The lizard in question is a water monitor named Darbi. He is 4.5 feet long and 15 pounds.
Darbi was last seen in the Lakewood subdivision of Georgetown. His owner, who asked to remain anonymous, says he escaped from his temporary cage while they were in the process of moving.
The Lakewood subdivision backs up to Sun City, a retirement community,
"I think that Sun City has its very own loch ness monster!" laughed Linda Dwyer. Dwyer, works behind a desk at Sun City. "I work as a desk monitor and this is a lizard monitor!" she chuckled.
John Pace, works at Cowan Creek, a golf club within the boundaries of Sun City. He was surprised to learn the lizards name. "Darby? I didn't know that! I'll start calling it's name when I'm out [on the course] working." he smiled.
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office has set up traps on the course, in an attempt to capture the lizard. The traps are baited with chicken livers, so Sun City residents have been warned that they may attract other creatures, like coyotes.
The Sheriff's Office says the lizard can be dangerous for small animals and children. But Tim Cole, owner of Austin Reptile Service, says humans should not be worried about losing life or limb to Darbi. "It's not an issue you know, it's a wild animal. It's not going to approach people, it's not a threat to people." he explained.
Darbi's owner said "he's not even big enough to eat a squirrel." And that most of his food comes from HEB, unless they're feeding him dead mice.
Cole, says water monitors are generally weary of people. He hopes the lizard is caught soon. "It won't survive the winter, it won't survive the winter, so if it's not found before then mother nature unfortunately is gonna end the hunt."
The Williamson County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone who spots the lizard on the lam, call 911. "I'm gonna call that number they said -- I'm not gonna put him in the golf cart with me!" laughed Pace.