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Green iguana reported on the loose in Reston

A green iguana was spotted in Reston on Monday (courtesy Nicola Shelley)

A green iguana is reportedly on the loose in Reston.

The reptile was spotted at Lake Newport around 4:30 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 11), according to Restonian Nicola Shelley.

“We did a double take because we couldn’t quite believe what we were seeing,” Shelley said.

She scoured NextDoor and community lost pet pages to determine if the creature was an escaped pet.

An animal protection officer says it’s likely the iguana was a pet or deliberately released by someone.

The animal was seen suspended in a tree over water, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

“The animal is not inherently dangerous,” the FCPD wrote in a statement to FFXnow. “Due to the location of the iguana at the time of the call, no attempt to review the animal was made.”

The FCPD encourages residents to call the non-emergency number if they see the animal.

“I told my neighbors as it might give someone one heck of a surprise if they were out gardening and he was hiding in their yard. Poor guy!” Shelley said.

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