Meet Princess - the lizard that goes for walkies and is set to grow up to 5ft long.

The Bosc Monitor has been turning heads in Huddersfield after owner Ben Cooke started taking her out for walks near his home in Bradley.

Passersby who have mistaken Princess for a baby crocodile have been taking photographs because they cannot believe their eyes.

Owner Ben, 21, is enjoying all the fuss.

Ben Cooke and his lizard, Princess
Ben Cooke and his lizard, Princess

He and his family have been into lizards for about 10 years and he's owned seven-month-old Princess for most of her life.

As well as Princess, the family has three bearded dragon lizards.

Ben, who works in a warehouse, said: "I saw her (Princess) in a Huddersfield pet shop and thought 'I have got to get her'. I have always wanted one."

Princess now lives in the dining room at the house in Bradley where Ben lives with his mum and dad, Carol and David, and sister Sophie, 17.

The only problem is that mum and sister are not that keen on Princess because she rarely stops flicking out her forked tongue.

"The tongue freaks them out and the size of her. And she is only going to get bigger. That's the exciting part," said Ben, who says that Princess may have to live in his bedroom if she reaches 5ft.

Sophie said: "I do like Princess, but she is a bit big and scary. And she's just going to keep getting bigger.

"Sometimes I do take her for a walk outside the house, but it's mostly Ben who does it."

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When Ben bought her for £35, Princess wasn't tame and was prone to biting anyone who came near.

"She was a bit bitey and had never been handled before," says Ben.

"Now we have a bond with her. It took six weeks to get her tame. Now she is very tame and lets you do anything."

Princess taking a walk in Bradley
Princess taking a walk in Bradley

Looking after Princess can be hard work as she has a special diet which includes locusts and she also needs a lot of exercise.

Ben lets Princess stretch her legs on a patch of grass outside the family home.

Drivers have been known to pull up to get a closer look.

"We get a fair few people asking if it's a baby crocodile. A lot of people like to take pictures which I can fully understand as it's not every day that you see someone walking a lizard."

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