Hunting for & # 039; monster & # 039; 6-foot lizard & # 039; who sees children as food & # 039; in Florida

The Lieberman family says they are terrified to go outside after finding a 6-foot monitor lizard lurking around their backyard twice in the same week

A Florida family says they are too scared to go to their backyard after being terrorized by a 6-foot monitor lizard.

The reptile & # 39; monster & # 39; It was first discovered by Maria Lieberman, who managed to take a video while walking behind her family's house in Davie.

Spouse Zachary said that Maria and her children – Jack, two years old, and Emma, ​​four years old – are usually playing in the pool every day, but now they are very afraid.

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Published by CBS 12 News on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Lieberman family says they are terrified to go outside after finding a 6-foot monitor lizard lurking around their backyard twice in the same week

The Lieberman family says they are terrified to go outside after finding a 6-foot monitor lizard lurking around their backyard twice in the same week

Zachary Lieberman says his wife Maria is too terrified to use her pool and that the couple will not allow the children Zack, two, and Emma, ​​four, to go to the backyard.

Zachary Lieberman says his wife Maria is too terrified to use her pool and that the couple will not allow the children Zack, two, and Emma, ​​four, to go to the backyard.

Zachary Lieberman says his wife Maria is too terrified to use her pool and that the couple will not allow the children Zack, two, and Emma, ​​four, to go to the backyard.

He told the Miami Herald: It's scary that he's out there. When I met him for the first time he was not afraid of humans.

"Since he's been in our backyard, my wife is afraid to go to the pool, and rightly so.

& # 39; It's a water monitor and he likes to swim. This can fly out of the bushes and see small children as food. That is not an easy situation to deal with.

"Until we catch it, kids do not go to the pool or swim, and these are things we like to do in South Florida in the summer."

While monitor lizards are not poisonous, Zachary said they will see small children as food, so they do not take chances.

While monitor lizards are not poisonous, Zachary said they will see small children as food, so they do not take chances.

While monitor lizards are not poisonous, Zachary said they will see small children as food, so they do not take chances.

The trapped Florida Mike Kimmel has been called to pursue the lizard, but so far has not been able to locate it

The Lieberman family called the Fish and Wildlife Commission and several trappers, including one named Mike Kimmel.

Kimmel told WSVN that he is using chicken legs tied in the trees to try to attract the animal, while FWC officials have primed traps with dead rodents.

He had tracked the lizard to a burrow in a nearby forest, but found it empty.

Kimmel was forced to leave the site during the week after not being able to track the lizard, but will return this weekend to go again.

The monitors are considered an invasive species in Florida, where it is illegal to own them as pets in case they escape and settle in the wild.

It is not clear where Kimmel will once again accommodate the lizard if he captures it, but he also suggested that he could hand it over to a local university for investigation.

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