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Vermont man charged with illegally importing 2 lizards

February 15, 2018

This photo released Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department shows a dwarf caiman found with another reptile on the property of Raymond J. Barlow in Westfield, Vt. Barlow was charged with fish and wildlife violations for illegally importing the two lizards to the state. (Chad Barrett/Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department via AP)

WESTFIELD, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man is facing fish and wildlife violations for illegally bringing two lizards into the state, both of which can grow very large.

Game wardens say Thursday a dwarf caiman and a water monitor were found at the home of 29-year-old Raymond Barlow, of Westfield. Both were foot-long juvenile lizards but the dwarf caiman is similar to a crocodile and can grow to more than 5 feet long, with heavily armored skin and powerful jaws. The water monitor can grow to more than 6 feet long and 100 pounds.

Wardens say they began their investigation after they received a tip via social media. The lizards were turned over to a Massachusetts wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Barlow faces fines of more than $700. His phone number has been disconnected and it’s unclear if he has an attorney.

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