Invasive tegu lizard, known for sharp teeth, often ill temper on the loose near elementary school

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Invasive Tegu Lizard on the Loose Near Florida Elementary School

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A lizard known for its sharp teeth, long tongue and sometimes ill-tempered manner was spotted recently near a Florida elementary school.

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The tegu lizard, an invader from South America, was soaking up the sun near Jupiter Elementary in Palm Bay, according to Florida Today.

Wildlife trapper James Dean is still on the hunt for the lizard and plans to use roadkill to trap it.

Parents are concerned about this guy strutting around their neighborhood. It can grow up to 4 feet long.

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However, tegus won't go after children, but will eat small animals including pets, according to Florida Today. Their diet also includes fruit, eggs and insects.

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Dean believes that the black-and-white reptile escaped from a porch or was released on purpose.

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