Ossun Lizard

Mystery Lizard of Western Europe.

pP'hysical description: Green scales. Length, 5-7 feet. Skin folds around the throat. Habitat: Subterranean lakes. Distribution: Ossun-ez-Angles, Hautes-Pyrenees Department, France.

Significant sightings: On February 15, 1893, a country priest saw a large, green lizard near Ossun. It was seen again on May 25 on a branch of an oak tree.

In May 1939, women picking berries near


Ossun saw a similar reptile. Police searched in vain for the animal.

Possible explanation: An escaped American iguana (Iguana iguana).

Sources: Neue Mannheimer Zeitung May 10, 1939, p. 6d; Philippe Janvier, Le monde ├ętrange des reptiles (Paris: Albin Michel, 1973), pp. 258-260.

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