Venomous lizard found aboard cargo plane at Miami airport

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - Snakes were not on this plane, but a venomous reptile aboard an airplane raised concern at Miami International Airport.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s venom unit and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded, Tuesday night, to calls of a worker discovering a black throat monitor lizard in a cargo plane.

Officials were able to catch the dangerous lizard only using a dog crate. However, it remains unknown how the lizard ended up in a plane and where it came from.

Experts said black throat lizards are native to East Africa — specifically to the country of Tanzania — and their bites can be dangerous. These lizards are also aggressive.

The lizard was evaluated by officials and will be returned to the FWC.

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