Giant, invasive 4-foot-long lizards now established in Georgia

Tegus Lizard

Georgia is now home to an established population of Tegus lizards according to the DNR, WSB-TV 2 reports.

The lizards moved from Florida into parts of southeast Georgia.

The lizards can grow up to four feet and weigh up to ten pounds, and according to the DNR, many people mistake them for baby alligators.

DNR officials say Tegus will eat the eggs of ground-nesting birds—including quail and turkeys—and other reptiles, such as American alligators and gopher tortoises, which are protected species.

The lizards also eat chicken eggs, fruits, vegetables, plants, pet food, and small live animals.

The DNR is working to eradicate a wild population in two Georgia counties because they have the potential to spread rapidly to other parts of Georgia.