They had been the rage. Dragon lizards. At two to three feet long, they were dangerous enough for a boy. Safe enough for parent when in a fish tank. The pretty blackish blue made them irresistible. Fredrick had a great business. Bring in a dozen and leave with a over thousand bucks. Every town loved the lizards.
No one ever questioned where they came from. They were so cute. They clung to people. If you put them down, they cried till you picked them back up. A new town would see Fredrick drive in with his beat up pickup. Hard to miss with white front and black bed. He would show them off,sell and leave.
The next day mom would come after her babies and eat the town’s people for stealing her babies. So the next time you see a strange new pet for sale. Wait till tomorrow to buy it.