A SECOND gecko in the space of two weeks has been brought back to South Wales by accident by a holidaymaker.
A member of the public found the small lizard in their suitcase after returning from Spain.
RSPCA animal collection officer Ellie West said: “The member of the public took the gecko to a local RSPCA animal centre on 7 July after finding it their suitcase. We’re very grateful they acted so responsibly.
“We think it is most likely a Moorish gecko – which is also known as a common wall gecko, which can grow up to around 15cm.
“The gecko is now being cared for by an exotics specialist.”
Although it is unusual to find stowaway visitors hitching a lift – a Swansea couple found a tiny gecko in their luggage last month after returning from Grenada in the Caribbean.
If a member of the public finds an animal that has accidentally travelled over with them from abroad, they should call the RSPCA cruelty and advice line 0300 1234 999. This will mean that the animal can be properly identified and cared for. Correct identification is important as some gecko species eat insects whilst others have mainly fruit based diets.
Geckos, like other reptiles, have specialist needs including controlled temperature and humidity. This gecko would certainly not survive UK temperatures. To release a non-native into the wild is an offence under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
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