May 3 (UPI) — A Hawaii woman who spotted what she initially mistook for an alligator while driving captured video of the actual animal — a massive iguana.
Jessica Aquino said she was driving in Waimanalo on Tuesday when she spotted a huge reptile near the road.
“It was chilling and it started to walk across into this area,” Aquino told KHON-TV.
Iguanas are considered an invasive species in Hawaii and are illegal to own, but many continue to reside in the state due to their elusive nature.
Aquino said she had heard there were iguanas in the area, but she never expected to see one that appeared to be at least 6 feet long.
“It looked like a mini alligator,” Aquino said.