Sheriff's officials capture tegu running loose in East Bakersfield

Tegu takes off running when owner opens box
Posted at 5:38 PM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 21:56:59-04

A tegu didn't want to come home without a fight after it went missing for 2 months. The tegu, named Milo, had escaped from its home and decided to take up a new pad underneath a home in East Bakersfield off Palm Drive. 

A call was received at about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, that a 3-and-a-half foot reptile was in the area of 1515 Palm Drive. 

Sheriff's officials originally told 23ABC News that it's either an alligator or an iguana.

East High School is about 1/3 of a mile Northwest of this area.

The owner of the lizard said that the tegu, named Milo, had been missing for a couple months.

Sheriff's officials were able to box the tegu along a fence near the home where it had been shacking up for the past several months. The owner of the tegu, Mike, went up to the box that it was in and opened it and tried to grab his pet. The tegu ran from Mike and tried going underneath a fence. The owner was able to finally grab the tegu and take it back home.

Mike said he's planning on building a better cage for the reptile.