This is Tiggs, an Argentine tegu lizard. Any sightings of Tiggs should be reported to animal control in Wilmington. COURTESY PHOTO
This is Tiggs, an Argentine tegu lizard. Any sightings of Tiggs should be reported to animal control in Wilmington. COURTESY PHOTO

WILMINGTON -- Somewhere, Tiggs is still slithering, perhaps, in a swamp or bog.

Tiggs is the 3 1/2-foot Argentine black-and-white tegu lizard that went missing on July 31. Animal Control Officer Chris Sullivan said Thursday there have been no sightings of the slimy reptile since it slithered away.

Liz Rose is the owner of the 4-year-old reptile is named Tiggs. She raised him since he was a hatchling.

"He could just be scared or hiding out somewhere," Sullivan said. "Unfortunately, we have a lot of wildlife like coyote, bobcats, foxes. It's possible that one of them got to it."

The lizard escaped outside his enclosure at the corner of Salem and Woburn streets. Sullivan urged those who may see the lizard not to approach it.

"He's been out loose for a while, he's probably scared. Any animal that's scared has a chance to react and we don't want that," Sullivan said.

Tegus are native to South America, but the animal has been popping up as pets for Florida residents.

Those with information on the lizard's whereabouts should contact Wilmington Animal Control at 978-658-5071.

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