Pitt Lake Lizard

Large LIZARD of western Canada.

Variant name: Canadian Alligator. Physical description: Length, 5-10 feet. Smooth skin. Horns behind the head. Two rows of sharp teeth.

Distribution: Pitt Lake, British Columbia. Significant sighting: On June 3, 1973, Warren and Sharon Scott observed a number of huge reptiles in the lake. Warren captured three smaller specimens and sent one to the biology department of Simon Fraser University, but there is no record of its receipt. Possible explanations:

(1) The largest lizardlike animal in British Columbia is the Pacific giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus), but this amphibian has a marbled appearance with dark spots and only grows to about 11 inches.

(2) An unknown species of Monitor lizard (Family Varanidae).

Sources: "Is a Lost World Waiting to Be Found near Pitt Lake?" Vancouver (B.C.) Province, May 12, 1978, p. 4; John Kirk, In the Domain of Lake Monsters (Toronto, Canada: Key Porter Books, 1998), p. 176; Chad Arment and Brad LaGrange, "Canadian 'Black Alligators': A Preliminary Look," North American BioFortean Review 1, no. 1 (April 1999): 6-12, http://www.strangeark.com/nabr/ NABR1.pdf.

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