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Vermont Man Charged With Bringing in Illegal Reptiles

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Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

Vermont game wardens say a Westfield man is facing fish and wildlife violations for illegally bringing two lizards to the state.

Warden says the dwarf caiman found in 29-year-old Raymond Barlow's home is similar to a crocodile and can grow to over 5-feet long, with heavily armored skin and powerful jaws. The other lizard is a water monitor, which can grow to over 100 pounds and more than 6-feet long.

Both lizards were foot-long juveniles.

Barlow is charged with illegally importing the lizards. He faces fines of more than $700.

Wardens say they began their investigation after they received a tip via social media. The lizards were turned over to a wildlife rehabilitation facility in Massachusetts.

Barlow's phone number has been disconnected. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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