RSPCA Cymru is appealing for information after a bearded dragon was found on the Rhigos Mountain near Treorchy.
A member of the public found the reptile in a vivarium with all the equipment on the side of the road on Saturday [18 July] and then called the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Izzi Hignell said: “The bearded dragon was collected and immediately taken to a vets for a check up.
“He was lethargic and very cold when first found, but when we collected him he had livened up a bit.
“The bearded dragon is currently being closely monitored.
“We are appealing for information – we don’t know how this bearded dragon got where it was – but sadly it may have been dumped.”
Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence.
Bearded dragons, like all reptiles, are endothermic, meaning that they cannot generate their own body heat. They are native to desert scrublands in Australia, and require carefully controlled temperatures in order to be able to function normally.
The RSPCA is experiencing widespread neglect of exotic animals across England and Wales. For many people an exotic animal represents too much of a commitment which is manifested in the growing number of exotic animals being abandoned and handed to animal centres around the country.
It is for this reason that we are urging potential owners to research and look into what is required in the care of their exotic pet first before taking one on so they know what is involved and how long it is likely to be for.
More information on looking after pets like bearded dragons please visit: http://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/other
If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.
In 2014, the RSPCA picked up 279 stray exotic reptiles and amphibians across England and Wales. Many of which may have been dumped by the owners.