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3.5 foot lizard called 'Dopey' found safe after going missing in Kesgrave

PUBLISHED: 14:19 13 July 2019 | UPDATED: 11:04 15 July 2019

Dopey the Asian water monitor lizard has escaped from his home in Kesgrave, Ipswich. Picture: KEVIN LOCKWOOD

Dopey the Asian water monitor lizard has escaped from his home in Kesgrave, Ipswich. Picture: KEVIN LOCKWOOD

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An Asian water monitor lizard which had been missing for nearly four days after it smashed out of its glass enclosure in Kesgrave has been found safe.

The black and yellow lizard, which owner Kevin Lockwood calls 'Dopey', managed to escape from its vivarium on Wednesday, July 10 but was found on Saturday evening.

Kevin, 26, who has looked after reptiles for nearly 21 years, said: "He's no harm at all, but it's annoying that he's got out and we just want to find him."

Kevin says the lizard, which is native to south and south east Asia, is quite "dopey and scatty", hence his name - and would most likely be hiding under a shed or in a bush somewhere close by.

A few days after the three-year-old lizard escaped from Kevin's home in Orchard Grove, Dopey was then spotted in a garden in Penryn Road last night.

Kevin added: "He's a chicken so he won't go far - he will be more scared of people than they will be of him."

Dopey is a carnivore, feeding off of bugs, insects, mice and gnats.

Kevin, who works as a fork-lift driver in Mendlesham, is a huge reptile lover - keeping nine snakes, a blue iguana lizard, some leaf-tailed geckos and another Asian water monitor lizard, which has just three legs.

As keen reptile lovers, Kevin and his partner Lauren are hoping to start-up 'reptile talks' to make people aware of the animals and show them that there is nothing to be afraid of.

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