Stand down. Those lizards on the loose are not venomous, Wake Forest now says

A photo of a Gila monster.
A photo of a Gila monster. NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

What were initially reported to be three Gila monsters on the loose in Wake Forest’s Bowling Green subdivision have since been determined to be Argentine tegus lizards, the town reported Friday afternoon.

Several residents have reported on social media that they have seen the creatures roaming in the area.

A photo one resident took and sent to Wake County Animal Control led to the new identification as the non-venomous lizards.

Argentine tegus pose no threat to the public, the town said in its latest news release. But anyone who spots one of the animals is still asked to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-856-6911.