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Animal control finds abandoned reptiles

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PASCO, Wash. -- Animal control officers pick up a lot of stray animals, usually cats and dogs. But this past weekend was rather unusual for them.

The Tri-Cities Animal Shelter says they took two calls involving abandoned reptiles. The first was described as a komodo dragon, which turned out to be a iguana. Two days later, they found a five foot boa constrictor snake in Pasco.

Officers believe the reptiles were abandoned by their owners because they could not survive the climate changes we see through the year.

"This is my first time of experiencing a 28 inch iguana and 5-6 foot boa. We dealt with smaller animals, but this is the first time with the big guys," explains animal control officer Tony Zilar.

Officers are concerned this may be a growing problem. Both animals were picked up by reptile experts who will take care of the animals and try to adopt them back out.

Officers say if you come across an unusual animal, give them a call at 509-545-3740.