A lady on the West facet of the Hawaiian island of Oahu discovered one of the widespread pet lizards within the reptile passion outdoors her home final week, however the issue is Bearded Dragons and most different widespread pet reptiles are unlawful to maintain within the state.
The girl initially thought the lizard, generally often known as a “beardie,” was an Iguana. But after quarantine inspectors with the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) got here to retrieve the animal, they instructed her it was a Bearded Dragon, in accordance with KHON2.
The lizard was fairly massive, measuring about 12 inches from snout to vent, and in Wai’anae the place it was discovered, it may’ve survived as a result of it’s a scorching and arid a part of the island, supreme situations for this reptile. The Bearded Dragon is native to Australia and is extensively regarded within the passion as a personable and interesting pet reptile.
Hawaii has strict legal guidelines in relation to reptiles. It is prohibited to maintain most reptiles which might be widespread within the reptile passion, similar to Bearded Dragons. Penalties for conserving unlawful pets are stiff, with fines of as much as $200,000 and as much as three years in jail. The state does provide an amnesty program the place of us with unlawful animals can flip them in.