Eight-foot Asian monitor lizard that escaped from his owner is caught

Eight-foot Asian monitor lizard that escaped from his owner’s Florida home and terrified a neighborhood is finally caught after three months on the run

  • Bamboo, the Asian water monitor, was safely captured on Tuesday, officials said 
  • Massive lizard terrified a Florida neighborhood after escaping its home in August
  • Florida wildlife officials said Bamboo measures more than eight feet long  

Bamboo, the Asian water monitor, has been safely found after escaping from his owner’s home three months ago.

Florida authorities caught the massive reptile that has terrified residents of a suburban Miami neighborhood since August.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Thursday that Bamboo measures more than eight feet long.

Bamboo, the Asian water monitor (pictured, after he was captured), has been safely found after escaping from his owner’s Florida home three months ago


Residents said it lurked in their backyards and scratched at their patio doors. One couple captured the beast (pictured) on camera as it walked around in their backyard

Bamboo escaped from his home in August in a Davie neighborhood.

Residents said it lurked in their backyards and scratched at their patio doors.

One couple captured the beast on camera as it walked around in their backyard. 


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Zack Lieberman and his wife Maria were the first to spot the rogue reptile in August. 

‘My wife let out a loud shriek,’ Lieberman told Patch. ‘I looked over from the couch and I saw this giant lizard sitting there.’ 

At one point in the video, Bamboo is seen walking toward the couple before turning around and heading the other way. 

Officers caught Bamboo Tuesday after getting a tip from a resident who said the lizard frequently appeared on his property around midday. Officials said the lizard (pictured, after being captured) will be returned to its owner, who received a criminal citation for its escape

Bamboo’s owner actually lives about half a mile away from the Lieberman family. 

Wildlife officers and Davie police officers caught Bamboo Tuesday after getting a tip from a resident who said the lizard frequently appeared on his property around midday.

A wildlife commission statement said the lizard will be returned to its owner, who received a criminal citation for its escape.

Owners must have cages to keep these lizards as pets. 

It’s illegal to release nonnative species in Florida.

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