It was a terrifying sight to buyers when a six-foot-tall lizard came into a supermarket and scrambled over the shelves in search of food.
Terrible footage shows the giant monitor lizard in the 7-Eleven store in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand.
The massive reptile had climbed out of a nearby canal before crawling into the store.
Horrified witness Narumpa Tangsin, who filmed the scene, said he was afraid of approaching the lizard, which could be dangerous if it got angry.
He said, “I just stopped at the store to buy something to eat and then saw the giant monitor lizard inside. I wanted to buy a drink, but the animal was too close to the drinks aisle.
“They are dangerous animals, especially when they are angry, so I stayed back and recorded them on my phone.
“I think shops have everything, including lizards.”
Employees and customers hid behind the counter while the animal climbed onto the shelves and threw several cartons of milk on the floor.
A concerned salesman called the police, who arrived just after noon yesterday with reptile guides to catch the wild monitor lizard.
It is believed that the unusually large creature struggled to find food outside after months of dry weather with little rain.
Asian water monitor lizards live in canals and ponds in major cities in Thailand, where they feed on fish, snakes, frogs, and scraps of food that humans have left behind.
They are aggressive when threatened and have a slightly venomous bite that sometimes carries harmful bacteria.