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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.

Simon the lizard
Simon the lizard

“He’s the second largest species of Lizard - you’ve got the Komodo Dragon and then the Asian Water Monitor Lizard.”

Mr Collins, pictured with Simon, said they can be a ‘pain in the neck’ and break legs with their tails but he is a ‘big softy’.

Another arrival, albeit a temporary one was Teddy, the Boa Constrictor, who had slithered away from his owner’s home in Kettering.

He was given to Bugtopia on Tuesday last week after being picked up by Kettering Borough Council and his relieved owner picked him up on Thursday.

Dan said the warm weather makes reptiles more active and this served as a good remind to make sure they are secure.

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