A large lizard was captured by Portland police in the Riverton neighborhood Saturday.

Animal Control Officer Ruu Weist nabbed the animal, which had been missing for at least a couple of days, on Verrill Street, which is near the Riverton School.

Officer Ruu Weist and Verrill Street resident Jim Brink hold lizard. Video by Juanita McLeod:

Residents of the neighborhood first noticed the lizard, an Argentina black and white tegu, in their backyard Thursday. Police said it was living under the shed in an old groundhog burrow.

Weist put out a hardboiled egg as bait. She managed to capture it in a net after it tried to run off with the egg.

Animal Control Officer Ruu Weist holds the Argentina black and white tegu she caught on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Debbie Papps

Weist later posted that the owner of the tegu had been located and “was able to provide info of a very specific detail (a tail kink) not shown in the picture!”

“For anyone who wants to know, she is a lady tegu, and she was actually very friendly, if headstrong and stubborn. The owner lost her while he was letting her sunbathe on his porch (a necessity for reptiles),” Weist wrote.

The lizard catches some rays in a backyard on Verrill Street. Photo courtesy of Debbie Papps

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