During the early evening hours, crowds begin to emerge along the Strip in Las Vegas. This handsome critter (the reptile, not his handler) is a black-throated monitor. According to his owner, these lizards can grow up to seven feet (2.1m) long and weigh more than sixty pounds (27kg). They are native to Tanzania, but judging from this content fellow, they are happy in the balmy and bustling city of Vegas. Just one of many “wildlife” encounters I had while strolling Las Vegas Boulevard.