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Iguana caught in Kalihi

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 1:55 p.m. HST, Jun 15, 2013

A security guard caught an iguana on Dillingham Boulevard near Honolulu Community College Thursday evening.

An inspector from the state Department of Agriculture took custody of the 3-foot-long lizard at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the 1000 block of Dillingham Boulevard.

State officials released a picture of the caged animal Friday night.

It wasn’t clear where the animal came from.

Snakes and large lizards could pose a serious threat to Hawaii’s environment because they compete with native animal populations for food and habitat, the Agriculture Department said.

People caught with an illegal animal are subject to the maximum penalty of a $200,000 fine and up to three years in prison. But the state also offers an amnesty program for peope who turn in illegal animals.

Anyone with information on illegal animals can call the Pest Hotline at 643-7378.

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