Horrifying moment 6ft venomous lizard raids supermarket in search of food


Terrifying footage shows a rampaging giant monitor lizard raiding a supermarket and scaring away all of the customers.

In the clip, the 6ft long-reptile is climbing up the shelves in the 7-Eleven store yesterday afternoon (April 6) in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.

Staff and customers are hiding behind the counter while the venomous beast is looking for food, tossing several cartons of milk onto the ground while people scream in the background.

Eventually, it was caught after a worried shop assistant called the police who arrived with reptile handlers to snare it shortly after lunchtime and return it to its natural habitat.



The giant monitor lizard in the supermarket
The giant monitor lizard in the supermarket

Witness Narumpa Tangsin said: “I only stopped at the shop to buy some food and then saw the huge monitor lizard inside.

“I wanted to buy a drink but the animal was too close to the drinks aisle.

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“They’re dangerous animals, especially when they’re angry, so I stayed back and recorded it on my phone.

“I guess that shops have everything, even for lizards.”



The lizard managed to scale the shelf and then poked its tongue out
The lizard managed to scale the shelf and then poked its tongue out

The rescue team arrived at the shop on the outskirts of the capital Bangkok and dragged the monitor lizard out of the store before ushering it away into nearby undergrowth.

Despite its rampage through the grocery shop, the monitor lizard had not managed to take any food.

The unusually-large creature is believed to have struggled to find food outside, following months of dry weather with little rain.

Asian water monitor lizards live in canals and ponds in large cities in Thailand where they feed on fish, snakes, frogs, and scraps of food left by humans.

They are aggressive when threatened and have a venomous bite, not strong enough to kill an adult human, but which can still be full of harmful bacteria.

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