Illegal Alligator Lizard Found on Maui

February 13, 2011, 8:46 AM HST · Updated February 13, 8:47 AM
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Alligator lizard. Image courtesy of the Hawaii State Dept. of Agriculture

By Sonia Isotov

A lizard that is illegal in Hawaii was found last week roaming a hallway of a Maui hotel.

The foot-long alligator lizard was captured by hotel staff on Thursday, Feb. 3, and handed over to inspectors from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA).

The lizard has been transported to the Plant Quarantine Branch on Oahu. It is not known exactly how the lizard got to the hotel.

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Alligator lizards (Elgaria multicarinata) are native to the U.S. and Mexico and may grow up to two feet in length. Their diet includes various insects, spiders, snails and other lizards.

Alligator lizard. Image courtesy of the Hawaii State Dept. of Agriculture

Individuals who see or have knowledge of illegal animals should call the State’s toll-free PEST HOTLINE at 643-PEST (7378).  Those harboring illegal animals are encouraged to turn in the animals under the State’s amnesty program, which provides immunity from prosecution. Illegal animals may be turned in to any HDOA Office, Honolulu Zoo or any Humane Society – no questions asked and no fines assessed.

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