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Water monitor lizard found at Hickam

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:49 p.m. HST, Jun 30, 2014

An 18-inch Malayan water monitor lizard was captured on Friday at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the state Department of Agriculture said.

Members from the Hawaii Air National Guard reported seeing a large black lizard on June 19 running around a maintenance shop near the airfield. Base pest control staff were dispatched but unable to find the lizard.

Officials from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, the Department of Land and Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services joined the search on Friday morning but did not find the lizard.

Later the same day, base personnel cornered the lizard and called HDOA to capture it.

Base personnel reported that there was a recent arrival of containerized equipment from Malaysia and it is suspected that the lizard may have been a hitchhiker, the HDOA said.

Water monitor lizards are native to India, China, Southeast Asia, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea Islands. They live in tropical areas and near bodies of water. They may grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh more than 100 pounds.

Their diet in their native range is varied and may consist of crabs, mollusks, fish, snakes, turtles, birds, frogs, lizards, rodents, eggs, monkeys, small deer, and carrion. In Hawaii, the lizard poses a threat to native and groundnesting birds, according to the HDOA.

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den wrote:
I hope all the rimpac vessels are clean.
on June 30,2014 | 04:38PM
false wrote:
Who could guess that another invasion is on the way? What will they do to contain them?
on June 30,2014 | 04:41PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Keep an eye out for them, as the HGEA would emote.
on June 30,2014 | 07:39PM
false wrote:
Why didn't the SA staff go one step further and tell us if the lizard was poisonous. Not important, I guess.
on June 30,2014 | 04:46PM
Pocho wrote:
is it?
on June 30,2014 | 05:36PM
kiragirl wrote:
I doubt it but what is gonna happen to it? Hopefully in our zoo or lease back in the wild.
on June 30,2014 | 07:25PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Can't release it into the wild otherwise u would become frightened of it.
on June 30,2014 | 07:38PM
taduyenishi wrote:
Google it!
on July 1,2014 | 05:27AM
pueohonua wrote:
Thanks to the Military for bringing in foreign pests and species that threaten our pure eco system.
on June 30,2014 | 07:21PM
localguy wrote:
Nothing compared to what the early Europeans and Pacific Islanders brought to the Nei, forever taking away paradise.
on June 30,2014 | 08:11PM
Jerry_D wrote:
So what's your point, and how is it relevant to the statement to which you are replying?
on June 30,2014 | 08:22PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Amazing that "These Magnificent Hawaiian Islands" have kept out snakes and other reptiles. Those agricultural forms really work I guess. If anything the lizard is here due to RIMPAC, because all one needs to do is to notice that the lizard is Malayan or Malaysian, whichever matters to whom it may concern.
on June 30,2014 | 07:37PM
SueH wrote:
Why can't containers shipped from these areas be gassed before being opened in Honolulu, or while enroute? There was a time in the '60's and '70's when commercial airliner cabins were gassed with insecticide before landing in Honolulu. That seems like a simple procedure for a shipping container full of non-living "equipment".
on June 30,2014 | 08:36PM
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