Man Told He Can Only Walk Giant 5ft Lizard On A Lead.

Man Told He Can Only Walk Giant 5ft Lizard On A Lead
It's not every day you see a pet lizard roaming around the park - well, that is unless you're in Markeaton Park, Derby. But now, a dad-of-one has been ordered to keep his on a lead while walking it after it scared other dogs. Gary Smith, 54, was originally banned from taking his black-throated monitor called Thor out for a stroll after a string of complaints. Dozens of dog owners and park users said they were worried the three-stone 5ft-long critter would attack their pets or even injure children. But town hall chiefs agreed to lift the ban if Gary agreed to keep Thor on a lead while in Markeaton Park. Gary bought Thor ten months ago to go with his collection of 31 snakes, six lizards and seven spiders which he keeps at his home in Sinfin, Derby.
"When he's had enough, he'll whip his tail around. Some people get scared and think all reptiles will do is bite and scratch you. But I want to show that is not the case."I tend to walk Thor in the summertime and basically when the weather is good. He loves the trees and water in the park, he likes to get his claws into the trees. He eats braising steak about four times a week, he'll eat rats and fruit."He weighs about three stone and is about five foot nine inches tall. He's a strong lad. He gets more active when his temperature gets warmer, so when it's colder he's not that active."He's friendly and is used to being touched and handled."