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Tegu lizard spotted in Palm Beach County

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Nadja Kranites pulled out her phone and started taking pictures of the creature to report it to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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She said she was scared of the gigantic reptile, a non-native species in Florida.

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