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Bearded dragon captured in Waianae, turned over to state

(Image: Hawaii Department of Agriculture) (Image: Hawaii Department of Agriculture)
(Image: Hawaii Department of Agriculture) (Image: Hawaii Department of Agriculture)
WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A foot-long bearded dragon lizard was captured in Waianae last week, the state said.

The lizards, native to central Australia, are illegal to own in the islands. They can grow up to 2 feet long.

A woman caught the lizard near her Puuhulu Road home, thinking it was an iguana, and her son called the state Department of Agriculture. 

DOA quarantine inspectors identified the lizard as a bearded dragon, but could not determine where it came from.

The last time a bearded dragon was reported in the islands was in 2014, when a Kailua resident found one under his home.

Those who own illegal animals in the islands face fines of up to $200,000 and up to three years in jail.

The state also has an amnesty program, which offers immunity from prosecution to anyone who voluntarily turns over an illegal animal.

For more information or to report an illegal animal, call the state's pest hotline at 643-7378.

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