Friday, May 9, 2014
RAMROD KEY
Strange creatures spotted, maybe

Two unusual animal sightings this week on Ramrod Key spurred U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge managers to place game cameras on the island.

There has been a report of a monitor lizard and another of a cat/dog-like animal, according Nancy Finley, Florida Keys refuge manager. A woman walking her dogs took a photo of the cat-dog-like creature and sent it to the refuge, but it was too far from the camera and was blurred.

The monitor lizard was spotted on a resident's fence. The lizard is generally found in Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, China, Southeast Asia to Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia and islands of the Indian Ocean, and the South China Sea. The lizards could be very destructive to the Keys environment, Finley said.

Refuge managers hope to document the animals via the game cameras, Finley said.