Lizard found in shipping container in Somerset
7 November 2018, 14:25 | Updated: 7 November 2018, 14:28
The RSPCA is caring for a lizard who's travelled more than 10,000 nautical miles in a shipping container from China.
The animal was found by staff at a warehouse in Wellington, Somerset, after the gecko was discovered alongside a delivery of placemats that had been brought into the country.
RSPCA animal welfare officer Ali Sparkes said: ''The Grey's Chinese gecko has travelled more than 10,000 nautical miles inside a shipping container without food or water. Luckily he was spotted by the staff who contacted us to help.
''We'd urge anyone who finds a reptile like this one to get in touch with us so that they can be properly identified and cared for.
''Correct identification is important as geckos, like other reptiles, have specialist needs including specific temperature, lighting, humidity, and dietary requirements. We would always advise people to treat any unidentified animal with caution and to not handle the animal until identified accurately as it could be dangerous.
''It's also important to remember that it is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to release a non-native animal into the wild.''
The gecko is now being cared for temporarily by a specialist while a suitable home with an experienced keeper is sought.