Invasive ‘monster lizard' takes over Cape Coral backyard

A six-foot-long Nile Monitor was spotted at a home off of Skyline Boulevard in Southwest Cape Coral. Just a little bit later, the same person found...

December 1, 2022
9:12 PM

A six-foot-long Nile Monitor was spotted at a home off of Skyline Boulevard in Southwest Cape Coral. Just a little bit later, the same person found another one, this time a baby. 'This is one of those things I've seen in my nightmares,' said Cape Coral resident Jason Derkevics. When they're gliding through the grass, they look just like any other lizard. However, they're far from it. Nile Monitors are invasive to Southwest Florida, and they're damaging to our ecosystem. 'This thing, it just, it looks nasty,' Derkevics said.

Gage Goulding