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Big softy Simon, the Asian Water Monitor lizard is handed into Bugtopia The Zoo at Rutland Water

One of the world’s largest species of lizards has been handed into Bugtopia The Zoo at Rutland Water.

Simon, an Asian Water Monitor, was handed into the Sykes Lane-based zoo on August 23 after his owner changed his living situation.

Dan Collins, head keeper at the zoo, said: “He’s a monster at 10 feet long so he’s a proper big guy.

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