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3 foot long lizard captured in Bristol

A 3 foot long lizard has been captured in Bristol Credit: RSPCA

A 3 foot long lizard has been found roaming around Bristol.

The RSPCA was contacted by a member of the public who found the unusual animal in Bishport Avenue, Bishopsworth 10 days ago. They are still trying to find his owner and if no-one comes forward they say they will look to rehome him.

The animal welfare charity say they see an increase in the number of calls about reptiles at this time of year. And last year the charity received 6,214 calls to its cruelty line about reptiles (a 20% increase over five years) with 1,680 reptiles collected by the charity’s officers.

“We don’t know if the lizard has escaped or if he has been abandoned and encourage anyone with information to contact us.

The RSPCA does see an increase in the number of calls about reptiles at this time of year but it is sometimes difficult to say whether they have been abandoned, or they have escaped.

We’d appeal to owners to keep their reptiles secure if they taken them outside for some natural sunlight. When the weather warms up reptiles do become more active so can be much quicker than people realise and it’s easy for an animal to escape from an unsecure garden if left unattended, even for a moment."

– Kim Walters, RSPCA inspector