Screaming spectators recorded some of the action.
Once. Twice. Three times that almost crashed to the floor. But the lizard was muscular. It certainly seemed. It could not be deterred by nine shelves of snacks, the footage reveals.
The tongue protrudes, it remained on course towards its apparent goal: the ice dispenser.
According to spectators, the reptile remained, about 6 feet long, on top of the shelves for at least an hour.
Experts say that monitor keys can grow to be about 9 meters long, with males generally growing larger than females.
An employee said that while the animal was being led out of the store, rescuers did not catch it. “It just ran away into the bushes,” the employee told a British tabloid. “I’ve never seen a screen moth so big in my life.”
Narumpa Tangsin, who was shopping for food when the giant screen began its own grocery drive, said she kept her distance in case it had a bad day.
“They are dangerous animals, especially when they are angry,” she said, according to media accounts. “I stayed behind and recorded it on my phone. I guess stores have everything, even for lizards. ”
On social media, the huge reptile was quickly nicknamed Godzilla as users shared footage of it swinging off the shelves. Many of those less experienced in lizard identification science assumed the images came from Florida, while others expressed concern for the animal’s welfare – as staff probably came from a nearby forest.
Monitor keys are generally located in swamps and forests and are excellent swimmers, although they are also known to wander into urban areas. They are usually not aggressive unless provoked.
“They are formidable animals with a powerful tail, sharp claws and teeth,” said Rob Ward, of the British Amphibious and Reptiles Conservation Team, adding that they have the ability to inflict serious damage when threatened. “When it comes to interacting with humans, defensive behaviors, including whipping the tail, puffing and hissing, are likely if threatened,” he said.
While it is still unclear how exactly the creature ended up in the store, locals say it may have tried to escape humid weather, and Ward pointed to the lizard’s strong sense of smell, noting that carnivores may have been attracted to the smell of food.
According to Ward, monitors are most active during the day, which may explain why Thailand’s 7-Eleven lizards appeared around lunchtime.