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    Hello! My mom in eastern Washington State found a lizard in her work office this morning. It has been below freezing at night and continues to snow there, so she was hesitant to let it back outside if it was not acclimated to the temperatures from living inside.

    What would be best for her to do? Is there a way to release it outside without shocking the lizard with the temperature change, or should she try to care for it until it warms up? If so, what is the best way for her to care for the lizard temporarily? Any help or advice is appreciated, thank you so much!!

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    I would absolutely not try to keep it. wild lizards need to be in the wild.

    I'd put it back outside in a sheltered place. that looks like a little fence lizard; they overwinter every year in WA.
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    Yes, I completely agree on not keeping wild animals! I didn't intend on telling her to keep it, only until the temperatures were better so it would not shock it after bringing it outside.
    I was worried it had spent some time inside the office and was not acclimated to the temperature outside if it was not already hibernating. I also figure it may have a hard time finding a warm place to burrow in the frozen ground and snow?

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    I'd still put it back outside in a sheltered place. if you prefer, maybe in a garage or outbuilding...but I would not feed him or put him in a cage.

    wild lizards will often not eat in captivity, and will be very stressed and may not thrive. it's not necessarily helping the lizard, even if it's really cold outside.
    Morelia spilota harrisoni * Morelia spilota mcdowelli * Liasis fuscus * Liasis mackloti * Liasis mackloti savuensis * Liasis olivaceous olivaceous* Anteresia maculosa * Gekko gecko * Correlophus ciliatus * Blaesodactylus boivini * Lepidodactylus lugubris
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